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Archive for Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ex-leader sentenced for embezzlement

July 21, 2009

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— Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was convicted of embezzlement and sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison Monday after he admitted illegally paying his spy chief $15 million in government funds.

Fujimori sat expressionless in front of the three-judge panel as the verdict and sentence were read. He told the court he would seek to nullify the ruling.

The conviction is the third in less than two years for the ex-leader. He was sentenced in April to 25 years in prison for authorizing military death squads during his 10-year rule. Earlier, he was convicted of abuse of power and sentenced to six years for an illegal search.

Peruvian prison sentences do not accumulate, so 25 years is the maximum term the 70-year-old Fujimori can serve.

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