Fujimuri pardon: Angry protesters clash with police in Lima

Human-Rights Lawyers Say Medical Pardon for Fujimori Was Improper

Peru: Pardon For Ex-President Leads To Protests

Police clash with protesters after clemency of ex-president who was sentenced in 2009 for corruption, kidnapping and rights abuses.

On Saturday, President Kuczynski's office released a statement saying that he had chose to grant the former president and seven others a humanitarian pardon.

"The pardon's for President Kuczynski, it's not for Fujimori", leftist lawmaker Marisa Glave said on local TV channel Canal N.

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Police fired tear gas at demonstrators after Mr Kuczynski announced on Christmas Eve that he believed Fujimori should be spared from serving out his full sentence.

The remarks were Fujimori's first explicit apology to the Andean nation that he governed with an iron fist from 1990-2000.

A video of Fujimori speaking from a hospital bed was released on his official Facebook page Tuesday. "To those I am sorry from the bottom of my heart". "But I also think his government contributed to national progress", Kuczynski said in a televised address.

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Beginning with the change of currency, an economic shock and the subsequent devaluation of wages, Fujimori managed to incorporate Peru into the global financial system, boosting the economy at the cost of a serious constitutional crisis triggered by the dissolution of Congress - who refused to grant broad powers to the president - and the use of armed violence, which would end in the so-called "self-coup" of 1992.

Meanwhile, others claimed that the pardon is all part of a deal that Kucyznski struck with members of the Peruvian Congress, which almost impeached him on December 21 over a corruption scandal.

Fujimori was 12 years into a 25-year prison sentence, after being convicted of graft and rights abuses that the military carried out in his name.

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The courts in 2017 rejected efforts by Fujimori's family to have him pardoned and freed from prison.

He was transferred from prison to a hospital on Saturday after suffering from low blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat, the latest in a string of hospitalizations. "My decision is especially complex and hard, but it is my decision, I should not be the president of those who voted for me, I must be president of all Peruvians", he said.

Once best known as the boy Alberto Fujimori publicly doted on during his decade in power, Kenji has since turned his carefree juvenile image into an asset that contrasts with the 42-year-old Keiko's more composed persona. "All pardons are by nature controversial", he added.

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