Criminal Governance in Peru during the Fujimori Era (1990-2000)
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Chapter 11 Conclusion The Earth is degenerating today. Bribery and corruption abound. Children no longer obey their parents; every man wants to write a book, and it is evident that the end of the world is fast approaching. (Assyrian Tablet) 1. Introduction At the end of a work that informs about a topic such as corruption the author is expected to provide uplifting thoughts. Indeed, it would not be difficult to point to some successful reform project or other and the advances made in the fight against corruption. It is my argument, however, that corruption is an expression of power and of power relations. And the corruption of the powerful cannot be defeated by introducing a few reforms. Lascoumes (2000) argues that this question harks back to US criminologist Edwin Sutherland (1949) who asked whether white-collar crime – including the delinquent economic and financial practices of those in charge of large corporations – re- presented criminal wrongdoing in the eyes of society? Unfortunately, despite the manifest consequences of corruption the weakness of the social response to the practice often amounts to systematic impunity. 256 2. Sentencing and Impunity in Post-Fujimori Peru While the main actors of the regime received stiff prison terms for their crimes, many middle and lower ranking officials were given relatively light sentences, despite the enormity of the offences they had committed. Vladimiro Illich Montesinos Torres, General Juan de Bari Hermoza Ríos as well as Major Santiago Martín Rivas were sen- tenced to twenty-five years in jail...
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