Sunday, January 03, 2010

Alberto Fujimori's Sentence Upheld

This is great news:

Peru's Supreme Court has upheld a 25-year jail sentence imposed on former President Alberto Fujimori.

The term was handed down last April for ordering the security forces to carry out killings and kidnappings. [...]

It was the first time a democratically elected Latin American leader was found guilty of human rights abuses in his own country.
There was some real concern that Fujimori's conviction wouldn't withstand the appeals process. It appears those concerns have not materialized, though, and he will spend the rest of his life in jail for overseeing a government that killed innocent civilians in the name of "national security." And the fact that he's the first democratically elected leader to be convicted for human rights violations in Latin America will hopefully deter other democratically elected leaders from supporting acts similar to Fujimori's, in the present and the future.