A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

Peru ex-president Fujimori facing four trials starting in November

[JURIST] The head of a special three-judge panel of Peru's Supreme Court announced Friday that the court would consolidate six separate charges against former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] into three "megatrials" and one other trial proceeding. The first trial, set to begin November 26, will look into the 1992 murder of 25 people, including nine students and a professor from La Cantuta University, and the kidnapping of businessman Samuel Dayer and journalist Gustavo Gorriti. If convicted, Fujimori faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of $33 million.

Fujimori was transferred to Peru last month following the Supreme Court of Chile's decision [JURIST report] to allow his extradition from that country on human rights and corruption charges. He is accused of approving death squad killings and misusing government funds in Peru during three terms in office from 1990-2000. AP has more. AFP has additional coverage.

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.