Peru court orders former president Fujimori's trial for 1992 mass killing
Lima: A Peruvian court ordered former president Alberto Fujimori on Tuesday to stand trial for the 1992 killings of six farmers, arguing that he lacks immunity despite a recent pardon for a different crime.
The National Criminal Court said the pardon granted to Fujimori in a human rights case for which he was serving a 25-year sentence did not apply to the murders of the group.
Prosecutors asked to try the ex-president and 22 others for the death squad killings.
Fujimori, 79, was pardoned by the current Peruvian president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, on December 24 on humanitarian grounds because of ill health.
The former leader had been serving a sentence for crimes that included commanding death squads that killed suspected civilian sympathizers of left-wing guerrillas that his regime was fighting. The pardon triggered street protests in Peru and was slammed by international rights groups.