Peru’s Former President Alberto Fujimori Released from Prison on Humanitarian Grounds
Peru’s former president Alberto Fujimori has been released from prison on humanitarian grounds. Fujimori, 85, who served as president of Peru for a decade from 1990 to 2000, has spent the past 16 years in prison for masterminding the assassination of 25 people during his rule in the 1990s.
The former president was found guilty of ordering the killings of 15 innocent civilians, including an 8-year-old child in 1991, and the torture and murder of 10 people, including 9 college students and a professor in 1992. Investigations revealed that these acts were carried out at the behest of the Fujimori-led government.
After spending a few years in Chile, Fujimori was deported to Peru in 2007 where he was interrogated and imprisoned. In 2009, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for human rights violations.
The Constitutional Court of Peru ordered his release from prison on humanitarian grounds, a decision that has been met with criticism from the International-American Court of Human Rights and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Dürk. The International-American Court of Human Rights sought to delay Fujimori’s release, but the Peruvian court rejected this and acquitted the former president.
The release of Fujimori has sparked outrage and condemnation from human rights organizations and the international community. The decision to release him on humanitarian grounds has ignited a debate about justice and accountability for those who have committed serious human rights violations.
Fujimori’s release has reopened old wounds for the families of the victims and raised questions about the effectiveness of the justice system in Peru. The debate over the former president’s release is likely to continue in the coming weeks, as human rights organizations and the international community grapple with the implications of this controversial decision.
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