Peru president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, opposition leader questioned in corruption case

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Three days later, Kuczynski pardoned Alberto Fujimori, who had been serving a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses, including several murders by death squads, as well as corruption during his brutal 1990-2000 rule.

In a statement Sunday, Kuczynski said a medical board had determined Fujimori "suffers from a progressive, degenerative and incurable disease and that prison conditions mean a serious risk to his life, health and well-being".

The experts state that the use of the medical pardon in this case does not mesh with global human rights standards as worldwide human rights laws restricts the grant of pardons "in cases of serious human rights violations including extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances". The action allows Fujimori to leave prison after serving less than half a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses, including killings of 25 people by the military, that took place during his administration in the 1990s. But in the end, it was Fujimori's son who led a faction of his family's party to vote against impeachment.

The experts urge the Peruvian government to adopt a comprehensive transitional justice strategy and continue its fight against impunity.

On September 23 Sputnik suggested, citing Alvaro Campana, the general secretary of the Nuevo Peru ("New Peru") movement, that the impeachment initiative could result in Fujimori's pardoning.

"This isn't just a march against the pardon, it's also against President Kuczynski".

The move sparked riots in Lima earlier this week, and two other resignations by government politicians.

Fujimori entered Chile in 2005 but was arrested when he attempted a return to Peru to run for the presidency.

At the AG Office, Keiko Fujimori, who lost to Kuczynski in the 2016 presidential runoff, submitted to five hours of questioning about allegations that Popular Force received illegal campaign contributions from Odebrecht over the course of a decade.

In a video on Facebook, Fujimori, 79, vowed that as a free man, he would support Kuczynski's call for reconciliation, hinting that he would not return to politics.

Fujimori, who has been in a Lima clinic since Saturday, was transferred from prison after suffering low blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat.

CARRIE KAHN, BYLINE: Lying in a hospital bed with a heart monitor beeping in the background, Tuesday, Fujimori posted a short video to his Facebook page.

The timing of the pardon was seen by many in Peru as suspicious, coming days after Kuczynski barely survived an impeachment motion in the opposition-controlled Congress. Many question if this has anything to do with that but the president has denied the claims.

Fujimori's daughter, Keiko Fujimori, and her party tried to impeach Kuczynski last week.

'Out, out PPK! Out, out PPK!' demonstrators chanted in reference to the current president, who had promised during his electoral campaign a year ago that he would not free Fujimori.

Mr Amerigo Incalcaterra, head of the United Nations human rights office for South America, criticised the pardon as something "that marks a historic turning point for Peru and Latin America in terms of the fight against impunity".

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