Sunday, September 21, 2008


Reading Fujimori on Trial's discussion of how Alberto Fujimori keeps coming up with new illnesses makes me think of Augusto Pinochet, who famously used ill health (dementia, strokes, heart problems, etc.) as a way to avoid going on trial. Fujimori, of course, is already on trial, but seems to be hoping for similar weaselling success.

Since the beginning of his human rights trial on Dec. 10, 2007, former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori has allegedly suffered from hypertension (suspending the very first trial session), leg and foot inflammation, exhaustion, a gastroenterological problem that could lead to diarrhea, a benign lesion on his tongue that was surgically removed and a pancreatic tumor, among other various ailments.

And that's after less than a year. If this trial goes on for a while, we may well hear about more and more exotic ailments. Just take a Pepto Bismol and get back in there.


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