Fujimori condemned for embezzlement of public funds

09 January 2015

On January 8, former president Alberto Fujimori was convicted to eight years in prison for embezzlement of public funds (peculado doloso) by channelling money to the gutter press with a view to denouncing his adversaries in the 2000 elections. This sentence will run concurrently with the 25 years to which he was previously given for corruption and crimes against human rights.

The judge in the case, Victoria Sánchez, found Fujimori guilty of authorising the use of 122 million soles allotted to the armed forces, the ministries of defence and the interior, as well as to the National Intelligence Service (SIN), to ‘buy’ the editorial support of a number of popular titles among the so-called ‘diarios chicha’. The court stated that Fujimori had explicitly ordered Vladimiro Montesinos, his intelligence factotum, to channel money to the owners of titles such as El Chino, Mañanero and La Chuchi, with a view to them endorsing his presidential candidacy and discrediting his election rivals.

In addition to the prison sentence, the judge ordered Fujimori to pay 3 million soles and ruled that he should not be allowed to exercise public functions for at least three years.

While the ruling was welcomed by human rights supporters, Fujimori’s lawyers said they would appeal the decision.

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