Peru’s former president, Alberto Fujimori, has made a video appearance in which he speaks about the pardon granted to him just a few days ago. Fujimori, who was transported from a prison to a hospital on Saturday, has thanked President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski for the pardon.
The pardon announced by the president’s office sparked protests in the country. In the statement, it’s revealed that seven others were also granted a pardon due to health problems. The statement did not mention the name of the seven others who were granted a pardon.
In the video, Fujimori not only thanks the president but also mentions that the decision has had an impact on him, a combination of happiness as well as sorrow. He added that he is aware that the results by his government were well received by some. He also says he recognizes that he has let down others and asks for forgiveness.
Fujimori entered Chile in 2005 but was arrested when he attempted a return to Peru to run for the presidency. A few years later, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for human rights abuses. He was later given six more years for corruption.
The statement released by the president’s office mentions that Fujimori has an incurable illness. The announcement sparked protests in Lima and other cities. The news were celebrated by some supporters outside of the hospital where he is being treated.
Fujimori’s son posted a video on social media where he reads him the news of his pardon. In the two videos, Fujimori is seen on a hospital bed. The former president was transported from the prison to a hospital on Saturday. His son said he will remain there for several days. Reports said back in 2012 that his family had asked for a pardon but that was rejected the following year.
The decision to grant him a pardon has been controversial as it came a few days after Kuczynski survived an impeachment process. Many question if this has anything to do with that but the president has denied the claims. The impeachment process came after he was linked to the Odebrecht scandal. Protesters believe this was part of a deal between the two. The impeachment process was just a few votes short. Fujimori’s daughter, Keiko Fujimori, and her party tried to impeach Kuczynski last week. Kuczynski defeated Keiko last year in one of the country’s closest presidential elections in decades.