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Peru’s ex-leader Fujimori asks for forgiveness amid heated protests

NewsWorld365 NewsWorld365 , December 26, 2017
Demonstrators protest against pardon of former President Alberto Fujimori in Lima, Peru, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced Sunday night that he granted a medical pardon to the jailed former strongman who was serving a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses, corruption and the sanctioning of death squads. The poster reads in spanih: "Assassin, Thief, Not to pardon".(AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

(CNN)

Confined to a hospital bed with tubes hooked up to his body, Peruvian ex-President Alberto Fujimori thanked the current leader for commuting his prison sentence — and asked for forgiveness from those he upset.

Fujimori was serving a 25-year prison sentence for human rights abuses when the current president pardoned him Sunday, citing Fujimori’s failing health.
“The news of the humanitarian pardon granted by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski surprised me at this intensive care unit,” the 79-year-old Fujimori said in a video posted on his Facebook page.
“I am aware that the results during my government on one side were well received, but I recognize that I have also disappointed others, and I ask them to forgive me with all my heart.”
Alberto Fujimori made a video statement on Facebook after days of protests against his pardon.
Outrage over Fujimori’s pardon led to two nights of heated protests in Lima.
On Monday, hundreds of angry Peruvians packed streets. Outside Fujimori’s hospital, some chanted “traitor” and “the pardon has got to go.” Protesters and police clashed, and authorities threw tear gas canisters at the crowd.
A deeply divisive figure
The son of Japanese immigrants, Fujimori served as Peru’s leader from 1990 to 2000. He is credited with defeating the Shining Path terrorists who destabilized the country, and his austere economic policies reined in hyperinflation.
But the former president had an authoritarian streak and used security forces to crack down on opponents.

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