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Peru's Keiko Fujimori says would pardon father if elected president
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|News Date||Monday, January 18, 2021 03:40:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||LIMA (Reuters) - Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori plans to pardon her father, Alberto Fujimori, a controversial former leader who is serving a 25-year prison sentence for abuse of human rights, if she is elected the country’s leader in an April vote. |
“After what we have had to live through, I’m in favor of a pardon for my father and I prefer to say it like that, openly,” she told América Televisión late on Sunday, adding even if her bid failed she would still seek a pardon for her 82-year-old father.
Keiko Fujimori, 45, currently sits second in election polls ahead of the April 11 vote, with 8% of the voting intention. Former soccer goalkeeper George Forsyth, 38, leads with 17% support, according to a recent poll.
Alberto Fujimori, who ruled for two consecutive terms between 1990 and 2000, was convicted in 2009 of ordering the murder of 25 people, including a minor, committed by a paramilitary group in the early 1990s in the midst of a war between the state and the rebel group Sendero Luminoso.
He received a humanitarian pardon in 2017 from then president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, but that was later annulled by the Supreme Court over irregularities.
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