Former Peruvian president found guilty of rights abuses

Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori speaks before the court in Lima earlier this month.
Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori has been found guilty on human-rights abuse charges stemming from Peru’s so-called "dirty war" of the early 1990s.

He could receive up to 25 years in prison. A judge was conducting a sentencing hearing Tuesday morning. Fujimori served as Peru’s president from 1990 to 2000, at the height of the country’s war with the radical Maoist Shining Path guerrillas and the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement. He is accused of authorizing slayings and kidnappings that were carried out by paramilitary death squads in 1991 and 1992 during what is often referred to as Peru’s “dirty war.” Fujimori is serving a six-year sentence on separate charges involving abuse of power. “I had to govern from hell, not a palace, but from a hell that those who accuse me did not live like I had to live,” Fujimori recently told the court. “I only expect that those who sentence me consider for a moment that hell and not pretend to civilize from a distance.”