Peru's Fujimori Convicted of Human Rights Crimes

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Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison on Tuesday, the first time a democratically elected Latin American president was found guilty in his own country of human rights crimes.

A three-judge panel convicted him of ordering a military death squad to carry out two massacres that killed 25 people during his 1990-2000 rule, when he was battling guerrillas. Nearly 70,000 people died in two decades of conflict in the Andean country.

Once lauded as a hero, Fujimori, 70, could spend the rest of his life in prison. He can appeal the ruling, but the verdict is likely to have far-reaching political implications for Peru.

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