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Peru: Ailing ex-President Fujimori pardoned
Peru: Ailing ex-President Fujimori pardoned

In 2009 former President Alberto Fujimori was sentenced to 25 years in prison for crimes against humanity and corruption  

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Citing ill health, Peru's president late Sunday pardoned his predecessor Alberto Fujimori from serving a 25-year sentence for crimes against humanity and corruption.

In a written statement, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said that he decided to release Fujimori, 79, for "humanitarian reasons" as he has “a progressive, degenerative and incurable disease.”

On Saturday Fujimori had been rushed to the hospital with a sharp drop in blood pressure and heart arrhythmia.

Human rights activists protested the pardon, which cannot be appealed.

Fujimori, who served in 1990-2000, fled Peru in 2000 after a bribery scandal, but was arrested in Chile in 2007 and extradited to his country.

The former president was convicted of the death of 25 people, embezzlement, and bribery.

 



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