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Peru's jailed former president seeks pardon

July 24, 2016

Peru's jailed former president, Alberto Fujimori, has requested a pardon due to ill health. Fujimori's request comes less than a week before the country's new president takes office.

April 23, 2014 file photo, jailed former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori (c) picture-alliance/AP Photo/M. Mejia
Image: picture-alliance/AP Photo/M. Mejia

"Alberto Fujimori has filed a pardon request with the Justice Ministry. It will be processed under due constitutional and legal terms," Prime Minister Pedro Cateriano said in a tweet on Saturday.

Fujimori - who is serving a 25-year prison term for corruption and crimes against humanity - has been in and out of the hospital in recent months with gastric problems. The 77-year-old has also had cataract surgery and has had five operations for a cancerous growth on his tongue.

Fujimori's latest hospitalization in June came shortly after his daughter, Keiko Fujimori, narrowly lost the presidential election to center-right candidate Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. Kuczynski takes office on Thursday.

Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
Keiko Fujimori narrowly lost the presidential election to center-right candidate Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in JuneImage: Reuters/M. Bazo

Outgoing President Ollanta Humala rejected a similar request in 2013, saying medical reports indicated Fujimori's condition was not sufficiently serious. Under Peruvian law, granting pardons is a presidential prerogative.

Fujimori was president from 1990 to 2000 and was jailed in 2007 and convicted in 2009 for his role in killings by a death squad targeting members of the Shining Path guerrilla group in the 1990s. He was also convicted of embezzlement and bribery.

jbh/cmk (AFP, AP)

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