On July 20, 2009, the Criminal Chamber of the Peruvian Supreme Court convicted former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori on corruption charges and sentenced him to seven-and-a-half years in prison. Fujimori was accused of paying former Peruvian Intelligence Director Vladimiro Montesino $15 million to resign in 2000 in the midst of the scandal that ultimately resulted in Fujimori's arrest in 2005. Fujimori claimed that he made the payment because he feared Montesino was plotting a coup against the government. At the start of the trial, Fujimori admitted to making the payment but denied any criminal responsibility. Fujimori was also ordered to pay nearly $1 million in damages.
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