The Inter-American Human Rights Court has held a public hearing on the legality of Peru's humanitarian pardon for former president Alberto Fujimori, a dictator who was sentenced to 25 years in prison for crimes against humanity. Victim's relatives, their legal representatives and representatives of the Peruvian State presented their arguments Friday for over four hours. After the Inter-American Court determined state responsibility in the extrajudicial killings of the Barrios Altos and La Cantuta cases in 2001 and 2006 respectively, in 2009 the Peruvian Supreme Court of Justice sentenced Fujimori to 25 years in prison for crimes against humanity.
According to Amnesty International, which submitted an amicus curiae brief to the Inter-American Court, the orders have a binding nature. Peru is a party to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, which states that "a party may not invoke the provisions of its internal law as justification for its failure to perform a treaty (art.27)."
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