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Peru Supreme Court sets date for Fujimori sentencing

[JURIST] Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] will be sentenced next week for ordering a 2000 warrantless search on the apartment of the wife of former Peruvian Intelligence Director Vladimiro Montesino [BBC profile], according to a Wednesday press release [text, in Spanish] from the Peruvian Supreme Court. Prosecutors alleged that the search was intended to uncover and confiscate documents that might incriminate Fujimori. Fujimori admitted to ordering the raid, but said that it was meant to find Montesino, who was wanted for money laundering. This will be the first time that Fujimori has ever been sentenced for a crime. AP has more. Prensa Latina has additional coverage.

The Supreme Court of Peru [official website, in Spanish] last week sentenced 10 former Fujimori cabinet officials for their involvement in the government's seizure of power from Congress and the judiciary in 1992. Fujimori suspended the Supreme Court and dissolved Congress in 1992, saying it was necessary to counter the terrorist threat posed by the Shining Path [MIPT backgrounder]. Fujimori was transferred [JURIST report] to Peru for trial after the Supreme Court of Chile allowed the extradition [ruling, PDF; JURIST report] in September. Fujimori is currently awaiting trial before a special chamber [official website] of the Peru high court on human rights charges for the 1992 murder of 25 people, and faces up to 30 years in prison and a $33 million fine. That trial is scheduled to begin [JURIST report] December 10.

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