Peru: Peruvians decry possible pardon of ailing former dictator Fujimori in Lima

Hundreds of protesters marched in downtown Lima, Friday, to protest against eventual pardon of the country's former president Alberto Fujimori, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison for crimes against humanity. Fujimori, 78, is considered for pardon due to his deteriorated health. The protesters called onto the current president President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to fulfil his last year's... Еще presidential campaign promise to keep Fujimori behind bars, a vow he reasserted after he won the Peruvian presidency over Fujimori's daughter, Keiko Fujimori. One of protesters, Imelda Cavero said, «I am here to say 'No' to pardon because this man [Alberto Fujimori] was sentenced to serve his time in jail, as anyone who steals or kills.» According to a recent Ipsos poll, 60 percent of Peruvians said they would agree to release Fujimori from prison if he found sick enough to be granted humanitarian pardon. Demonstrators, however, disagreed. «We know that not just 35% are against this pardon, we are many more! Because it [pardon] is the same as losing memory of over 10 years of corruption and murders,» said protester Beto Allasi. Kuczynski proposed a potential pardon for Fujimori, 78, in June due to the convict's deteriorated health amid alleged pressure coming from Fujimori's supporters. Alberto Fujimori ruled Peru from 1990 until 2000, when he fled Peru fearing impeachment. Fujimori senior was eventually arrested in Chile 2005 and extradited to Peru, where he was convicted of human rights violations during his government's battle with leftist and indigenous groups. He has spent the past decade in Barbadillo prison on the outskirts of Lima.

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