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Ex-President Fujimoriís Pardon Sparks Protests, Support in Peru

LIMA Ė Hundreds of Peruvians came out on Sunday on the streets of Lima to protest against the pardon granted by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to jailed ex-president Alberto Fujimori, who was serving a 25-year prison term for human rights abuses.

The protestors, including family members of the victims whose killings led to Fujimoriís conviction, gathered in the central San Martin plaza, denouncing the pardon granted by Kuczynski as an act of impunity.

Relatives of the murdered and disappeared people said that they will appeal to international bodies to cancel the pardon so that Fujimori, 79, completes his full sentence.

The protesters were carrying placards with messages criticizing Kuczynski and his decision to pardon the ex-president.

They said that the presidential pardon was illegal and the result of a political pact between Fujimoriís supporters and Kuczynski to allow the latter to hold on to the post of president.

The agitators defied a large police deployment and minor scuffles broke out as they tried to move towards the Government Palace.

Kuczynski signed the pardon just three days after he was saved from an impeachment vote in the Congress by the support of around a dozen rebel lawmakers from the opposition, led by Kenji Fujimori, the ex-presidentís son who had called for his fatherís release on many earlier occasions.

Fujimoriís supporters also gathered in fewer numbers outside the hospital where he is admitted, to celebrate the pardon.

The ex-presidentís children were cheered on by the supporters when they visited the leader, who is set to remain in the hospital at least until Monday.

The pardon was granted on humanitarian grounds, supposedly because Fujimori is suffering from a ďprogressive, degenerative and incurable diseaseĒ and is at risk of aggravation due to prison conditions, according to a statement from the Presidency of Peru.

Former president Fujimori (1990-2000) was sentenced in 2009 to 25 years in prison for his responsibility in the massacres of 25 people in 1991 and 1992, perpetrated by the undercover military group Colina, and the kidnapping of a journalist and a businessman in 1992.

 

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