25-year sentence for Fujimori upheld

LIMA: Peru’s judicial system says the Supreme Court has ratified a 25-year prison sentence for the former President, Alberto Fujimori.

The sentence was imposed in April for the death squad killing of 25 people and the kidnappings of a businessman and journalist during Mr. Fujimori’s presidency from 1990 to 2000.

The courts published the decision on their Internet site on Sunday. The 71-year-old Fujimori is also fighting three other cases. Mr. Fujimori’s future may depend on his daughter Keiko’s presidential campaign. She has vowed to free him if she’s elected in 2011. Many admire Mr. Fujimori for crushing the Maoist Shining Path rebels. — AP

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