Former president Alberto Fujimori will not be able to leave Peru for the next four months while he is tried in freedom as a presumed mediator in the murders of six peasants during his presidency between 1990 and 2000.
Debate informed yesterday that “a Peruvian court banned him from leaving the country on Tuesday after accepting the decision of Superior Prosecutor Luis Landa, who argued that there was a history of “flight risk” as happened at the end of 2000, when Fujimori left Peru under the justification of attending the Forum Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in Brunei and then resigned from Japan”.
Magistrates Miluska Cano, Omar Pimentel, and Otto Verapinto additionally imposed restrictions on Fujimori, such as: not changing his address, not leaving Lima, and punctually attending sessions of the judicial process.
The ban on leaving Peru for four months could also be extended at the end of the term.
In 2017, Prosecutor Landa accused Fujimori, 79, of being the mediator of the crimes of the six peasants in the town of Pativilca and requested a sentence of 25 years in prison against the ex-President.
“The six victims of that rural village were taken from their homes by a military squadron one early morning of January 1992, after which they were tortured, burned and shot in the fields”, Debate explained.
Landa also requested condemnations for 22 other people, including Fujimori’s spy chief, Vladimiro Montesinos, who has more than 30 convictions for various crimes ranging from murder to arms trafficking.
After his escape to Japan in 2000, Fujimori returned to Chile, where he was arrested and extradited to Peru in 2007. In Lima, the former president was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder of 25 other Peruvians but was pardoned in December 2017 by the then president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.
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