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Fujimori Guilty of Mass Killings

Alberto Fujimori, the infamous former president of Peru known for corruption and disregard for civil liberties, has been convicted of ordering two mass killings and a kidnapping during a civil war in the 1990s. Fujimori was president of Peru during some of the most violent conflicts with the Shining Path revolutionary movement, and the president used a "by any means necessary" approach to squash the insurgency. He was found guilty of having directed a death squad that executed 25 suspected revolutionaries. The conviction is a watershed moment for those wishing to bring corrupt leaders to justice in developing nations, as it is the first time a democratically elected leader in Latin America has been found guilty in his own country.

April 7, 2009 9:40 AM