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Peru's president pardons ex-leader Fujimori, citing his health

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Peru's president pardons ex-leader Fujimori, citing his health

Peru's president pardons ex-leader Fujimori, citing his health
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LIMA (Reuters) – Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski pardoned former authoritarian leader Alberto Fujimori late on Sunday, clearing him of convictions for human rights crimes and graft before completion of a 25-year prison sentence.

Kuczynski’s office said in a statement that a medical review showed that Fujimori, 79, who governed Peru from 1990 to 2000, suffered from “a progressive, degenerative and incurable disease.”

The pardon comes just days after a faction of Fujimori’s supporters in the opposition-controlled Congress saved Kuczynski from a motion that would have forced him from office in the wake of a graft scandal.

(Reporting by Marco Aquino; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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