no parole for former president Fujimori

Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori attends a trial as a witness at the naval base in Callao, Peru, March 15, 2018.

Alberto Fujimori will finally remain in prison. The early release of the former Peruvian autocrat was rejected by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on Friday, April 8.

President of Peru from 1990 to 2000, Alberto Fujimori, 83, has been serving a 25-year prison sentence since 2009, in particular for two massacres committed by a death squad in 1991 and 1992 in the context of the fight against the Maoist guerrillas of the Shining Path. Twenty-five people, including a child, were killed. Peru’s Constitutional Court ordered the release of the former head of state on March 17.who suffers from many health problems. She was recovering grace bestowed on christmas eve 2017 by then-president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who was canceled by the courts in 2018.

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But the Inter-American Court, based in Costa Rica, asked the Peruvian state to: “don’t act” the decision of the Constitutional Court. Peru’s government, led by leftist President Pedro Castillo, had said it would abide by the decision of the Inter-American Court, which, according to the ruling, is considering the Constitutional Court’s decision. “did not assess the impact of pardons for gross human rights violations on the right of access to justice for victims and their relatives”

“We are reassured”

The relatives of the victims of the massacres welcomed the Court’s decision with relief. “We are reassured and feel supported”† schoolyard “puts consistent rules on human rights and the Peruvian state has an obligation to comply with them”Agence France-Presse (AFP) told Gisela Ortiz, a relative of one of the victims of the death squads.

Mr. Fujimori, the only prisoner of the small Barbadillo prison in a police barracks, was hospitalized for 11 days in early March due to heart problems. His family repeatedly unsuccessfully requested his release on health grounds.

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His daughter, Keiko Fujimori, who lost three times in the second round of the presidential election, announced before the 2021 vote that she would pardon her father if she were elected. Beaten by Mr Castilloshe is being charged with illegal financing of her lost presidential campaigns in 2011 and 2016.

Alberto Fujimori ruled Peru with an iron fist, but faced growing opposition, he fled to Japan, where his family comes from, in November 2000, announcing that he would give up his mandate by fax. He was extradited from Chile in 2007 and was convicted and imprisoned two years later.

Le Monde and AFP

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