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Fujimori is sentenced

October 01, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A court imposed a six-year prison sentence on disgraced ex-President Alberto Fujimori, who already faced the prospect of spending the rest of his life in a cell after three previous convictions. He also was fined $9 million for authorizing wiretaps and bribes.

The sentencing concluded two years of televised trials that forced a country still divided over its bloody past to relive the darkest days of Fujimori's authoritarian, corruption-riddled 1990-2000 administration.

Animated and unrepentant in early trials, the ailing 71-year-old former president appeared resigned in his later hearings.

Fujimori had pleaded guilty to the corruption charges, a decision his lawyer says was based on the belief he could not get a fair trial before the special Supreme Court panel.

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