Fujimorismo splits over the case of sexual abuse in the Church

11 March 2017

As the current ‘culture wars’ deepen, this week the Fujimorista-dominated Congress voted not to create an investigative commission, the equivalent of a Public Enquiry, over accusations of sexual misconduct of the leader of conservative catholic group Sodalicio, Luis Fernando Figari. This follows on the decision by the judiciary not to press charges against him, in spite of the mounting evidence and an internal investigation within Sodalicio that found that Figari and other four members of the group sexually abused minors.

The fallout from the event has been surprising as Kenji Fujimori responded to the move by his political party with an outraged tweet that noted that the issue had not been properly discussed and that he opposed the move. This public spat has sent shockwaves through the Fujimorista establishment. Several members of Congress have met with members of Sodalicio and as journalist Luis Davelois has pointed out, Keiko Fujimori is very close to the Christian conservatives and especially Figari’s nephew.

As the party was forced into reconsidering the creation of the Congressional Commission, it has become evident is that Kenji Fujimori does wield real power within Fujimorismo. Also today the Ombudsman declared that his office would be in charge of investigating any wrongdoing on the part of the Sodalicio. It will also extend its investigation to any other victims of child sex abuse in public and private schools

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