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Section: General News - The Special Penal Council of Peru's Supreme Court of Justice on Monday sentenced former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori to seven and a half years in prison for embezzlement.
Fujimori was convicted of illegally paying Vladimiro Montesinos, virtual chief of his National Intelligence Service, 15 million U.S. dollars in state funds.
In his defense, the 70-year-old Fujimori said the money was paid to avoid a coup d'etat plotted by Montesinos, his intelligence chief.
While announcing the verdict, Supreme Court judge Cesar San Martin said that the trial on Fujimori has no political implications and is based on Peru's Constitution and …