Peru ex-president’s pardon annulled

Peru ex-president’s pardon annulled

A judge on Peru’s highest court overturned a pardon of Peru’s former president, Alberto Fujimori on Wednesday.

Fujimori was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2009 for approving a civilian massacre during his presidency. Former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski pardoned Fujimori in 2017 due to Fujimori’s heart condition. However, human rights experts denounced the pardon, claiming that it was politically motivated and that Fujimori had been given a fair trial. Peru’s Congress impeached Kuczynski in March, and he was forced to resign.

Fujimori’s lawyer appealed the pardon’s annulment.

In February Peru’s criminal court ruled that Fujimori must stand trial for the 1992 killings of six farmers. In 2007 he had been sentenced to six years in prison for abuse of authority.