It’s been more than one year from the historical decision of Judge San Martin, in which former President of Peru, Alberto Fujimori Fujimori was given a 25- year prison sentence after being found guilty on human rights charges related to killings and kidnappings carried out by a state death squad.
Today, former Argentine military ruler Jorge Videla was sentenced to life in prison for torture and murder.
In this way, Latin American courts are establishing important precedents by sentencing former Heads of State for the commission of crimes against humanity, reinforcing the exception of the principle of Functional Immunity for crimina juris gentium.
An evaluation of the status of international customary law on the question of jurisdictional immunity of Heads of State:
Fujimori’s photo from: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/86ce0fe8-2387-11de-996a-00144feabdc0.html#axzz18sT2uZtk
Videla’s photo from: http://www.abc.com.py/nota/cadena-perpetua-para-ex-dictador-videla/