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New York University Law Review

NOTE: THE TRIAL OF ALBERTO FUJIMORI: NAVIGATING THE SHOW TRIAL DILEMMA IN PURSUIT OF TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE

June, 2010

Tulane Law Review

85 N.Y.U.L. Rev. 867

Author

Christina T. Prusak*

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Introduction
 
Alberto Fujimori is the first democratically elected head of state convicted of human rights violations in the domestic courts of his own country. 1 Beginning on International Human Rights Day 2007, 2 Fujimori attended trial at a military base about an hour outside of Lima; the sound of military chants filled the afternoon sessions as a chilling reminder of the military's residual power. The layout of the courtroom symbolized the polarized state of Peruvian civil society: Fujimori sat facing the Justices of the Tribunal, with loyal supporters nostalgic for his rule to his right and members of the human rights community, including the victims' families, to his left. 3

The trial sought to determine Fujimori's criminal liability for human rights violations committed by the Colina Group, a secret intelligence group intimately involved in waging Peru's internal war against the Maoist terrorist insurgency, the Shining Path, during his tenure as head of state. 4 Fujimori faced charges of kidnapping, 5 homicide, and aggravated battery stemming from forced disappearances and murders. 6 On April 7, 2009, the Tribunal found the former President guilty on all counts and sentenced him to twenty-five years in prison. 7 In addition, the Tribunal found him guilty of crimes against humanity under international law, although it was technically not one of the charges for which he stood trial. 8 On January 2, 2010, the reviewing tribunal unanimously ratified and finalized the sentence and ordered that monetary reparations be paid to the victims and their ...
 
 
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