Fujimori to remain in jail
26 November 2014
Peru’s Supreme Court voted unanimously on November 24 to turn down an application by the lawyers acting for former president Alberto Fujimori to revise the sentence he received in March 2009.The Court said there was no legal basis for the revision.The Court’s decision has been welcomed by human rights organisations.
Fujimori was originally convicted to twenty five years in prison.He was found guilty of a number of human rights crimes. These included the November 1991 ‘Massacre of Barrios Altos’ in which fifteen people were assassinated and four injured, as well as the July 1992 murder of nine students and their professor from the La Cantuta University. Fujimori is serving a 25-year prison sentence at the DIROES, a specially constructed jail in which he is the only inmate. He enjoys a space of 800 square meters, including a vegetable garden he tends to and a studio for his painting.
Over the last few months, his lawyers have tried a series of legal moves to ensure his release from prison. On November 21, an attempt to have him moved to house arrest was turned down.Three days later the Sala Penal Permanente of the Supreme Court rejected the writ of habeas corpus presented for the review of his sentence.
The president of the court, Javier Villa Stein – allegedly a Fujimori supporter – explained that the decision had been unanimous because there was no legal basis for him to be exonerated from the charges against him.
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