Peru’s jailed president begins another trial
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori showed up for the start of his fifth trial with mussed hair and wearing a sweater over a T-shirt. He sat at the defendant’s table taking his blood pressure and writing the measurements in a white notebook.
The 75-year-old Fujimori is already in jail serving 25 years following convictions in four trials for authorizing death squads and corruption. The trial that began Thursday alleges he diverted government funds to finance newspapers that backed his successful run for a third term.
The session was suspended after defense lawyers asked for a change in judges and argued that Fujimori was in poor health.
His appearance was a sharp contrast to his 2009 trial for rights abuses, when he wore stylish suits, colorful ties and shiny shoes.