Peruvian Court Rejects Alberto Fujimori's Final Appeal

5/12/2016

Peru's Constitutional Tribunal has rejected former dictator Alberto Fujimori's habeas corpus petition to cancel his sentence for crimes against humanity, with six out of the seven judges from the highest court ruling against the appeal on Tuesday.

Fujimori was sentenced to 25 years in jail for ordering massacres in the Barrios Altos neighborhood of Lima and La Cantuta University. Those killed included innocent civilians such as students and even an 8-year-old child.

The appeal to have the sentence thrown out was presented by Fujimori’s lawyer, William Castillo, who hoped to free the former head of state, who is serving his sentence in a unique prison located at the headquarters of the Special Operations Office of the National Police. The defense argued that Fujimori should go through a new trial because his sentence for crimes against humanity was not included in the original prosecutors request, and that Judge Cesar San Martin was allegedly prejudiced against Fujimori.

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