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Peru's Fujimori jailed for 25 years

17:55 GMT, Tuesday, 7 April 2009
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Fujimori gets lengthy jail term

Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori has been sentenced to 25 years in jail for ordering killings and kidnappings by security forces.

At the end of a 15-month trial, judges found him guilty of two death-squad killings of 25 people during the conflict with guerrillas in the 1990s.

After being sentenced, Mr Fujimori said he would appeal against the verdict.

Human rights group Amnesty International described the verdict as "a milestone in the fight for justice".

"Justice has been done in Peru. This is an historic day," said the group's spokesman, Javier Zuniga.

"It is not every day when a former head of state is convicted for human rights violations such as torture, kidnapping and enforced disappearances.

"We hope that it is just the first of many trials in both Latin America and throughout the world."
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