You see, it can be done — even if it takes a few years:
LIMA, Peru, Dec. 11 — Former president Alberto Fujimori was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday for ordering an illegal search during the final days of his rule, as a judge ruled on the first in a series of prosecutions that may continue for months.
The sentence came a day after Fujimori shouted his innocence at the opening of a separate trial on charges of human rights abuses, which include allegations that he ordered the murders of 25 people by a government death squad in the early 1990s. An expressionless Fujimori told the judge he would appeal part of Tuesday’s sentence, which also included a fine of nearly $135,000.
Supreme Court Judge Pedro Guillermo Urbina ruled that Fujimori had abused his power in 2000 when he ordered a military aide to search the apartment of the wife of Vladimiro Montesinos, Fujimori’s former security chief, who was then embroiled in a money-laundering scandal. Fujimori did not deny ordering the search but had said it was part of a nationwide manhunt for Montesinos. Prosecutors argued that he ordered the search in an effort to seize evidence that might have directly implicated him in Montesinos’s crimes.