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Alberto Fujimori can be tried for death squad killings in 1992: Peruvian court

A court in Peru has determined that former Peruvian strongman Alberto Fujimori can be tried in connection with a 1992 massacre despite his recent pardon from a 25-year jail sentence. Alberto Fujimori can be tried for death squad killings in 1992: Peruvian court

Alberto Fujimori, recently pardoned, has been linked by prosectors to killings of 6 rural Peruvians

Peru's former President Alberto Fujimori waves to supporters as he is wheeled out of the Centenario Clinic in Lima for treatment on Jan. 4, not long after his controversial pardon. (Luka Gonzales/AFP/Getty Images)

A court in Peru has determined that former Peruvian strongman Alberto Fujimori can be tried in connection with a 1992 massacre despite his recent pardon from a 25-year jail sentence.

The ruling Monday paves the way for Fujimori to stand trial again for crimes committed during his decade-long rule.

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski pardoned Fujimori in December from a lengthy prison sentence for his role in the deaths of 25 Peruvians and sanctioning the use of military death squads.

The pardon sparked protests and drew condemnation from human rights groups.

The new case concerns a 1992 massacre in which six peasants were kidnapped, tortured and killed by a paramilitary group. Members of the group, known as Grupo Colina, said they received orders from superiors.

Fujimori was at the top of that chain of command.

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