Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Peru: Fujimori Pleads Guilty

Fujimori has issued a guilty plea in his fourth trial, this one relating to corruption charges. With the words "Estoy conforme", the former Peruvian president indicated his agreement with the accusations of bribery and illegal phone-tapping levelled against him.

He will now be sentenced (again) tomorrow. As a septaguenarian already sentenced to 25 years, he is likely to die in jail, although he is appealing the sentence and his daughter, congresswoman Keiko Fujimori, has said she will run for presidency and, if elected, would pardon her father. Hopefully her chances of doing so will be damaged by revelations that her education was paid for by state funds.

Former Peruvian president pleads guilty to corruption charges (Guardian)
Fujimori pleads guilty to bribery (BBC)
Fujimori accepts charges for illegal wiretapping, bribing congressmen and 'buying' local media (Fujimori on Trial)
Culpable por 'chuponeos', transfuguismo y compra de un canal de cable (El Comercio)
Su sentencia se dictara este miercoles tras acogerse a conclusion anticipada (La Republica)
Peru: Fujimori admits wiretapping, bribery (IPS)

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