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Peru: Court Rejects Fujimori's Appeal, Orders Arrest

  • Alberto Fujimori presided over Peru for a decade.

    Alberto Fujimori presided over Peru for a decade. | Photo: EFE

Published 6 October 2018

Fujimori's appeal to suspend the arrest warrant against him due to "imminent risk of sudden death" has been rejected by a Peruvian Court.

A Peruvian Court rejected Friday an appeal from former President Alberto Fujimori, which sort to suspend the arrest warrant against him. The court has given Fujimori, who has been convicted of several crimes against humanity, five days for him or his legal team to substantiate appeal.

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Fujimori, who has been in a private clinic since Wednesday, after a Supreme Court judge annulled a pardon granted to him last year and ordered his immediate arrest and detention over human rights violations. 

His lawyer filed an appeal urging the court to suspend the arrest warrant due to an "imminent risk of sudden death" if he were imprisoned. 

The court's ruling came as legislators in Congres, who are loyal to the Fujimoris, are working to find a way to free him. 

On Thursday, Kenji Fujimori, son of the former Peruvian dictator and a legislator currently on suspension from the Congress, announced via Twitter that his colleagues presented a bill that would allow the early release of prisoners over the age of 80.

If the bill is approved it would directly benefit Alberto Fujimori. 

The bill, which would modify article 491 of Peru’s Penal Code on criteria regarding the fulfillment of prison sentences, was presented a day after the country’s Supreme Court ruled to annul the humanitarian pardon granted to Fujimori by former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK).

The Supreme Court ruling was issued after relatives of the victims of the Cantuta and Barrios Altos massacres requested the reversal of the pardon at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which ordered Peru's justice system to review the pardon.

In December 2017, Kuczynski granted Fujimori a controversial humanitarian pardon citing health issues. The pardon was later revealed to have been a product of a political pact between Kenji Fujimori and Kuczynski, who was trying to avoid impeachment. 

The pact served its purpose, briefly, before PPK was forced to resign in March, and Kenji Fujimori was suspended in June.

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