Judges assess legality of Alberto Fujimori's pardon

23 September 2018

On 21 September, a hearing was held to determine the legality of the pardon given to former president Alberto Fujimori on Christmas Eve 2017. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica had determined that the Peruvian judiciary should evaluate the process; the victims’ family members had asked for the pardon to be declared null because it contravened the human rights convention.

They argued that judicial and penal norms had been violated, that Fujimori did not suffer from a degenerative disease, that the conditions of his incarceration were far from deplorable, and that the pardon had been politically motivated.

The defence, who arrived late, argued that the issues with regard to the convention were no longer relevant after the pardon was given. The judge stated that the issue will be decided by vote over the next month. 

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