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Ex-Peruvian president sentenced for giving spy chief $15 million

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  • Alberto Fujimori convicted of giving spy chief bonus from government coffers
  • Prison sentence is former president's second this year
  • Fujimori was sentenced to 25 years in prison in April for authorizing death squad
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(CNN) -- Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was sentenced Monday to seven and a half years in prison for paying his one-time spy chief a $15 million bonus out of the government treasury.

Alberto Fujimori speaks in court in Lima, Peru, in April.

Alberto Fujimori speaks in court in Lima, Peru, in April.

Fujimori, who was president from 1990 to 2000, also was ordered by the country's supreme court to pay 3 million new soles ($1 million) in restitution to the state, according to court documents.

The prison sentence is the second handed to Fujimori this year. In April he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for authorizing the operation of a death squad responsible for killing civilians.

In the latest case, the former president admitted he gave his right-hand man Vladimiro Montesinos $15 million from government coffers, but his attorneys had argued the money was returned and that therefore no crime was committed.

Fujimori is a controversial figure in Peru. He is credited with restoring economic stability to the country and defeating the Shining Path guerillas, who carried out terrorist attacks.

But he had an authoritarian streak that led to accusations of human rights abuses and corruption.

"There is no political calculation" in the sentence, Justice Cesar San Martin said, according to the state-run Andina news agency. "The decision we issued today derives exclusively from the facts presented. There is no space ... for interests outside of those stemming from the rule of law."

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