Doc­tors to ex­am­ine Peru’s for­mer pres­i­dent

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

LIMA, Peru — Peru’s pres­i­dent said Fri­day night that a group of doc­tors will help him de­ter­mine whether a med­i­cal par­don should be given to ex-Pres­i­dent Alberto Fu­ji­mori, who is in jail for abuses com­mit­ted dur­ing his 1990-2000 strong­man reign.

Pres­i­dent Pe­dro Pablo Kuczyn­ski made the com­ment dur­ing an in­ter­view with broad­caster Ra­dio­pro­gra­mas as thou­sands of Peru­vians took to the streets to protest the idea of re­leas­ing Fu­ji­mori.

The 78-year-old ex-pres­i­dent is serv­ing a 25-year sen­tence for hu­man-rights abuses, cor­rup­tion and sanc­tion­ing death squads. Fu­ji­mori filed a re­quest for a par­don a year ago, cit­ing his de­te­ri­o­rat­ing health.

Kuczyn­ski said he prob­a­bly would make a de­ci­sion by the end of the year af­ter con­sult­ing with doc­tors. He stressed that any “med­i­cal par­don” would not be a par­don for Fu­ji­mori’s crimes.

“This is ex­clu­sively de­ter­mined by the opinion of top doc­tors who will see the state of health of for­mer Pres­i­dent Fu­ji­mori,” Kuczyn­ski said.

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