Peru has pardoned its jailed ex-president Alberto Fujimori, who was serving a 25-year sentence for corruption and rights abuses.
Ailing Fujimori was pardoned on humanitarian grounds, the presidency mentioned Sunday.
The announcement got here after Fujimori’s son Kenji cut up the opposition vote in parliament, permitting President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to keep away from impeachment and sparking hypothesis a couple of pardon as political payback.
“The president of the republic… has decided to grant a humanitarian pardon to Mr Alberto Fujimori and seven other people in similar condition,” the presidency mentioned in a press release that didn’t title the opposite recipients.
A medical staff “determined that Mr Fujimori suffers from a progressive, degenerative and incurable illness and that prison conditions represent a grave risk to his life,” the assertion mentioned.
Kenji Fujimori hailed the choice.
“On behalf of the Fujimori family, I would like to thank President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski for the noble and magnanimous gesture of giving my father Alberto the humanitarian pardon,” he wrote on his Twitter account.
His sister, opposition chief Keiko Fujimori, additionally expressed her delight.
“Today is a great day for my family and for Fujimorism. Finally my father is free. This will be a Christmas of hope and joy!!!”, she wrote on social media.
But the choice sparked criticism from rights teams whereas within the capital Lima, younger demonstrators clashed with riot police as they tried to march to the federal government palace.
“I regret Fujimori’s humanitarian pardon,” Jose Miguel Vivanco, govt director of Human Rights Watch within the Americas, wrote on Twitter.
“Instead of reaffirming that in a state of law there is no special treatment for anyone, the idea that his liberation was a vulgar political negotiation in exchange for Pedro Pablo Kuczynski maintaining power will remain forever,” he added.