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Peruvians rally against pardon for Fujimori
July 09, 2017
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LIMA: Peruvians marched through the streets on Friday to urge President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski not to pardon the country’s former leader Alberto Fujimori, who is serving a 25-year prison sentence for human rights violations.

“It would be a betrayal. A betrayal of his word and his promise to the families of the victims of the dictatorship,” said protest organiser Jorge Rodriguez.

At least 2,000 protesters participated in the march through the streets of Lima, witnesses said.

“Fujimori’s human rights violations cannot be pardoned for humanitarian reasons,” said Giancarlo Portugal, a 26-year-old student who participated in the march.

In an interview with local broadcaster RPP on Friday, Kuczynski said his decision would be based strictly on a medical review that should be completed by the end of year.

“I’ll follow the medical recommendation,” Kuczynski said.

But the proposed evaluation, which was not requested by Fujimori, is widely seen as a political gesture.

While pardoning Fujimori might help Kuczynski ease tensions with Congress, it would anger the leftist groups that helped elect him.

Fujimori’s doctor, Alejandro Aguinaga, said on Friday that Kuczynski’s committee for presidential pardons has not received any new information about Fujimori’s health.

But Aguinaga said Fujimori suffers from various ailments that merit a pardon, including a recurrent growth on his tongue, a hernia in his back and a recent episode of an abnormally fast heart beat.

Fujimori was taken to a hospital Friday after showing signs of hypertension and irregular heartbeat.

Fujimori -- who turns 79 on July 28 -- was jailed in 2007 for his role in killings by a death squad targeting supposed guerrillas in the 1990s. He was also convicted of embezzlement and bribery.

“We have brought him to the clinic tonight,” Fujimori’s physician Alejandro Aguinaga said, saying the ex-leader showed signs of “a hypertensive crisis with arrhythmia” and would be evaluated.

He was undergoing tests after which doctors would determine whether he should remain hospitalised or be transferred back to the police headquarters in a Lima suburb where he was being held.


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