Peru's ex-President Fujimori released from prison after 16 years

Peru
# 07 December 2023 05:06 (UTC +04:00)

Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, who was serving a 25-year prison term for human rights abuses during his decade-long rule in the 1990s, was released on Wednesday evening after a court restored a contentious 2017 pardon, APA reports citing Reuters.

The country's highest court on Tuesday ruled in favor of an appeal to restore the pardon for Fujimori, 85, on humanitarian grounds, despite criticisms from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (Inter-American Court) and victims' families.

Fujimori served around 16 years after being extradited from Chile in 2007.

Supporters of Fujimori believe he saved Peru from terrorism and economic collapse.

Critics, however, say he abused democracy and committed atrocities during his government's battle against the Shining Path guerrillas.

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