Peru Pardons Fujimori

The top constitutional court of Peru has approved on Thursday the release from prison of former President Alberto Fujimori, who is serving a 25-year sentence for human rights violations.

The decision reinstated a humanitarian pardon granted to Fujimori in December 2017 by then-president Pablo Kuczynski, which was overturned in 2018 when the supreme court ordered the former president returned to jail to serve out his sentence for human rights abuses.

Fujimori’s allies and his daughter Keiko, who has run for president three times have long said Fujimori struggles with poor health and deserves a humanitarian pardon. 

According to reports, Fujimori was hospitalized last week and discharged on Monday.

In 2000, Fujimori flew to Japan and submitted his resignation by fax, just after starting a third term, following a series of videos that showed his spy chief bribing politicians in cash. 

In Japan, Fujimori claimed Japanese citizenship and stayed there for five years before flying to Chile in 2005, where he was arrested, then extradited to Peru where he was successfully prosecuted.

Fujimori, a former mathematics professor, was a political outsider when he emerged from obscurity to win Peru’s 1990 presidential election over writer Mario Vargas Llosa.

Fujimori governed Peru between 1990 and 2000 and was a highly polarizing figure.

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