8/08/2017

NYT: ¿Perú necesita una prisión especial sólo para ex-presidentes?

Does Peru Need  a Special Prison Just for former presidents?
Por Sonia Goldenberg

As Peru prepares for the Bicentennial of its independence from Spain in 1821, instead of looking forward with optimism, it is contemplating a dismal political landscape: Four of its presidents are in jail or fugitive from justice for human rights crimes or corruption. A world record? Probably, but hardly one to celebrate.

In response, in his annual address to the nation late last month, the current president PPK, promised a crusade to rebuild the country after devasting floods and a huge scandal, which together have shattered prospects of economic growth and further undermined the trust of Peruvians in the Presidency it self.

All four presidents have left their imprint on the country's history and justice.


Firts Alberto Fujimori, Peru's autocratic ruler from 1990 to 2000, was sentenced in 2009 to 25 years in jail for human rights violations  in the fight against Shining Path guerrilas and later convicted of embezzlement and corruption. He was recently joined in the Barbadillo Lima prison by Ollanta Humala, Mr. Kuczynnski?s predecessor, after judge ordered that he and his wife, Nadine Heredia, serve 18 months of pretrial detention while being investigated on money-laundering and conspiracy charges. Mr. Humala is also accused of extrajudicial killings during his time as an army captain at remote jungle base in 1990s.

El artículo continúa: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/07/opinion/does-peru-need-a-special-prison-just-for-ex-presidents.html?mwrsm=WhatsApp


Peruvians are dismayed at having given their votes to so many presidents who have ended up being prosecuted as criminals. The only living former head of stated not incriminated so far is Alan Garcia, who served two terms from 1985 to 1990 and from to 2006 to 2011, and ironically has a legendary reputation for corruption that has haunted him for decades. But he is also under investigation for financial irregularities in the construction of the Lima metro by, once again, Brazil's Odebrecht conglomerate.


Fuente The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/07/opinion/does-peru-need-a-special-prison-just-for-ex-presidents.html?mwrsm=WhatsApp

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