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Press Group: Witnesses Implicate Peru's Fujimori in 1992 Journalist Killing


Reporters Without Borders says two former members of a Peruvian paramilitary group have accused former President Alberto Fujimori of responsibility in the kidnapping and killing of a journalist during a 1992 crackdown on leftist rebels.

The Paris-based media freedom organization said Friday that two former members of Peru's Colina paramilitary group, Pedro Guillermo Supo Sanchez and Julio Chuqui Aguirre, testified this week at Fujimori's trial in Lima on human rights violations.

The rights group says the witnesses testified that paramilitaries killed journalist Pedro Yauri with the approval of Fujimori and his former intelligence chief, Vladimiro Montesinos.

Fujimori is on trial for allegedly being connected to the deaths of 25 people in two massacres in 1991 and 1992. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

A court recently convicted Fujimori and sentenced him to six years in prison in a separate abuse of power case, for ordering an illegal search of an apartment belonging to the wife of Montesinos.

Fujimori has acknowledged ordering the search but said it was to investigate allegations that Montesinos was laundering money.

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