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Fujimori denies ordering dirty war

Fujimori denies ordering dirty war

Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, on trial for murder and kidnapping, said Wednesday he never had a policy of violating human rights in the war against insurgents during his government.
Fujimori, 69, told the court that if there were abuses during his 1990 to 2000 government, they were isolated acts and not his responsibility.
"The president does not elaborate plans or focus on strategies or on military operations at any level," Fujimori said in the latest in a series of hearings. He said that as president, he did not directly command anti-insurgent operations.
The former Peruvian leader said his government's policy guaranteed respect for the human rights of terror suspects.
"If there were violations of these directives, then they were isolated events and not the responsibility of the president," he said.
Fujimori is accused of authorizing the 1991 military death-squad killings of 15 people, including an 8-year-old boy, in a tenement in Lima's Barrios Altos neighborhood, and the 1992 slayings of nine university students and a professor.
Fujimori has denied having any knowledge of the squad's activities, and has said he never authorized Vladimiro Montesinos, his now-jailed intelligence chief, to lead a dirty war against the Marxist Shining Path rebels.


Updated : 2021-03-03 03:52 GMT+08:00