11 Jul 2009

Former president to plead not guilty in corruption trial

9:55 am on 11 July 2009

Lawyers for former President Alberto Fujimori of Peru say he will plead not guilty to charges that he paid almost $US15 million to a top adviser.

Fujimori is already serving a 25 year prison term for authorising an army death squad that killed 25 civilians in the early 1990s and ordering the kidnapping of a businessman and a journalist.

His trial on corruption charges begins next week.

The charges include providing government funds to the then-head of the Peruvian intelligence service, Vladimiro Montesinos.

Fujimori, 70, has been held at a police base in eastern Lima since he was extradited from Chile in September 2007.