Safely ensconced in a mansion in one of Lima's most exclusive residential districts, Fujimori – now a free man – took to Twitter on Saturday to describe the "new phase" of his life.
Recently pardoned Peruvian dictator Alberto Fujimori, freshly discharged from hospital and living in a luxury mansion, has shared his aspirations for a "Peru without resentment."
The controversial figure is linked to commanding death squads that carried out disappearances and extrajudicial killings in the war against insurgent groups Shining Path and the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, which claimed at least 70,000 lives.
Fujimori, now 79, also directed the forced sterilization of approximately 300,000 mostly Indigenous women between 1996 and 2000.
He was detained in Chile in 2005 and sentenced in 2009 to 25 years in prison for several crimes, including premeditated murder and kidnapping.
Last week he was discharged from the Centenario clinic, where he had been hospitalized since December 23, just 12 days after being pardoned by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in a controversial move that prompted several cabinet ministers to resign in protest.
Safely ensconced in a US$5,000-a-month mansion in one of Lima's most exclusive residential districts, Fujimori – now a free man – took to his Twitter account on Saturday to describe the "new phase" of his life.
"In the first hours of this new phase of my life, I would like to share the dreams that constantly invade me," he posted. "I dream of a Peru without resentment, with everybody working for a superior objective."
Responding, Fujimori's supporters said his critics are "blinded by hate" and should learn to forgive and move forward to build a better country.
But others were less forgiving. "Accept responsibility for your cimes, ask the victims for forgiveness, ask the whole nation for forgiveness for running away like a criminal, return the stolen money and then we could talk about it," posted one Twitter user.
Fujimori's pardon is believed to be part of a political agreement between his party Popular Force and current President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.
Protests erupted following Fujimori's pardon, with widespread calls for it to be rescinded.
Last month a group of 239 renowned Peruvian writers, led by Nobel Prize-winner Mario Vargas Llosa, signed an open letter saying: "Fujimori was convicted of human rights violations and corruption.
"He was responsible for a coup d'état as well as the dismantling of our institutions. His pardon demonstrates the lack of appreciation for the dignity and equality before the law, and the right to memory."