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Fujimori sentenced for corruption

Alberto Fujimori in court, 28 Sept 2009
Alberto Fujimori is already serving three concurrent prison sentences

Ex-Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori has been sentenced to six years in jail for corruption by a court in Lima.

Fujimori, who is already serving prison sentences for crimes including ordering killings by security forces, was in court for a fourth and final trial.

The charges relate to a scandal which brought down his government in 2000.

During the trial, Fujimori, 71, admitted that he had illegally tapped the phones of journalists, businessmen and opposition politicians.

Fujimori, who led Peru from 1990 to 2000, returned from exile in late 2007 to face a number of charges.

Abuse of power

In April this year, he was sentenced to 25 years in jail for ordering the security forces to carry out killings and kidnappings.

In July he was sentenced to a further seven-and-a-half years for embezzlement after being convicted by Peru's Supreme Court of giving $15m (£9.3m) in state funds to his spy chief, Vladimiro Montesinos.

He was already serving a six-year term after being found guilty in 2007 on separate charges of abuse of power.

In the latest case, Fujimori admitted to charges that through Montesinos he bugged and bribed opposition politicians, journalists and businessmen.

A series of videos leaked in 2000, showing Montesinos handing over piles of cash to prominent opposition leaders and media figures, prompted him and Fujimori to flee the country.

Fujimori escaped to Japan, where his parents were born, and lived in exile there for seven years.

Montesinos is currently in jail, convicted on dozens of charges including drug-trafficking and selling guns to Colombian rebels.

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