Peru’s President Ollanta Humala turned down a request from the family of jailed former leader Alberto Fujimori to release him from jail.
Humala took the decision this morning after a government commission found the 74-year-old Fujimori isn’t terminally ill, said Justice Minister Daniel Figallo in a televised news conference.
Fujimori was jailed in 2009 for human rights violations by government-linked death squads committed during his 10-year rule that ended in 2000. Fujimori’s family sought his release from prison on humanitarian grounds, citing recurring tongue cancer, depression and weight loss.
“The request, the facts and the conditions don’t justify a humanitarian pardon,” Figallo said. Fujimori “isn’t terminally ill. Nor does he have a serious, incurable, degenerative illness.”
Fujimori is credited with laying the foundations of the Andean nation’s economic boom by ending hyperinflation, luring foreign investment and defeating the Shining Path, a Maoist insurgency. He received a 25-year jail sentence for ordering two massacres of civilians.
Humala defeated the former president’s daughter Keiko Fujimori in 2011 elections by 3 percentage points. Her Fuerza Popular party holds the largest number of seats in Congress after Humala’s Gana Peru party.
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