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Peru: release of ex-president Fujimori, incarcerated for crimes against humanity

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The former Peruvian president was released from prison before the end of his 25-year sentence for crimes against humanity.

Agence France-Presse

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Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000), aged 85, was released from prison on Wednesday where he had been serving a 25-year sentence for crimes against humanity since 2009, AFP journalists noted.

Mr. Fujimori, dressed in a black jacket and wearing a mask on his face, left Barbadillo prison, east of Lima, at 6:29 p.m. in a gray van that crashed slowly the crowd of his supporters came to welcome him.

His daughter Keiko, three times unsuccessful candidate in the second round of the presidential election, and his son Kenji, a businessman, who had repeatedly called for the release of their father, were at his side.

Our hearts are overflowing with joy. Because this man was unjustly imprisoned, Nikita, a citizen who came to the prison, told AFP.

The Constitutional Court on Tuesday ordered the immediate release of the controversial former president who suffers recurrently from respiratory and neurological problems, including facial paralysis.

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Peru's former strongman was found guilty of the deaths of 25 people in two massacres carried out by an army commando in what was called the war on terrorism (1980-2000). ) far-left guerrillas.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights unsuccessfully called on Peru to refrain from carrying out the Constitutional Court's decision until the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ;homme has all the necessary elements to analyze whether this decision respects the conditions of its previous judgments, according to a resolution of the instance published on its website.

But the government of Dina Boluarte authorized his release.

The Peruvian Association for Human Rights (APRODEH) condemned this decision, considering that it is a snub to the Inter-American Court.

The Constitutional Court's order, which cannot be appealed, reinstates the pardon granted to Mr. Fujimori in 2017 and revoked two years later by the Supreme Court .

The court had already ordered the release of Mr. Fujimori in March 2022, but the Inter-American Court of Human Rights had asked the State to refrain from implementing this decision. The country, then led by left-wing President Pedro Castillo, complied with the decision.

Alberto Fujimori governed Peru from x27;an iron fist, but in the face of growing opposition, he fled in November 2000 to Japan, where his family is from.

It was by fax that he renounced his mandate. Then extradited from Chile in 2007, he was convicted and imprisoned two years later.

Despite the request for pardon made in 2017 for the acts committed by his government, Alberto Fujimori, divided Peruvians like few politicians have done in the history of the Andean country of 32 million inhabitants.

For some, the man nicknamed El Chino (the Chinese) is the man who boosted the country's economic growth through his ultraliberal policies and who successfully fought the guerrillas of the Shining Path (Maoist) and the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (Guevarist).

Others especially remember the corruption scandals and authoritarian methods which landed him behind bars for having ordered two massacres perpetrated by a death squad in 1991-1992, as part of the fight against the Shining Path.

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