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The Constitutional Court of Peru orders the release of former President Alberto Fujimori

The Constitutional Court of Peru (TC) ordered this Thursday to release former president Alberto Fujimori, sentenced to 25 years in prison for human rights abusess, by restoring a pardon granted in December 2017 and annulled in October 2018, a judicial source reported.

“TC declared the petition for habeas corpus founded” in favor of Fujimori, 83 years old and who governed between 1990 and 2000, which allows his release in the next few daysthe source, who asked to remain anonymous, told AFP. The decisions of this court are unappealable.

The Constitutional Court reviewed a habeas corpus filed by the lawyer Gregorio Parco Alarcón against the Supreme Court resolution that in 2018 annulled the pardon granted to Fujimori on December 24, 2017 by then President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (2016-2018).

The Peruvian Justice ordered the annulment of the pardon after considering that it did not meet the legal requirements and it lacked legal effects, so Fujimori had to return to the prison of the police barracks in eastern Lima where he is serving his sentence.

The pardon is even being investigated by the courts, since the Prosecutor’s Office considers that was the product of a negotiation between Kuczynski and Fujimori’s youngest son, Kenjiwho was a congressman at the time, so that Fujimorist legislators would vote against a request for the removal of the then president.

According to reports in the local press, the decision kept the six members who currently make up the TC divided, since it has the support of Ernesto Blume, José Luis Sardón and Augusto Ferrero, and rejection by Marianella Ledesma, Eloy Espinosa-Saldaña and Manuel Miranda.

Fujimori, 83 years old, he was discharged this monday after overcoming a heart condition that forced him to enter a clinic in Lima, although he will continue to be treated in prison for pulmonary fibrosis, according to his eldest daughter, Keiko, at the time.

The former ruler is the only prisoner in a prison built specifically for him within the Ate district police base, where he must still remain until 2033, when he will be 95 years old.

The former president (1990-2000) is serving a 25-year prison sentence in the Barbadillo police prison, where he has a cell and medical facilities exclusively for him, for the massacres of Barrios Altos and La Cantuta committed by the Colina paramilitary group where 25 people diedin addition to the kidnapping of journalist Gustavo Gorritti and businessman Samuel Dyer.

In recent months, he has been permanently admitted to a private clinic in Lima to be treated for a series of health problems and his children have insisted that he should receive a humanitarian pardon due to his fragile state of health and his advanced age.

Source: EFE and AFP

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