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The Inter-American Court of Human Rights says Peru must ‘abstain’ from releasing Alberto Fujimori from prison.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) has urged Peru not to release former President Alberto Fujimori.

The IACHR resolution published Friday rejects Peru’s highest Constitutional Court, which had ruled on March 17 to grant Fujimori’s release on “humanitarian” grounds.

Fujimori, president from 1990 to 2000, has been serving a 25-year prison sentence since 2009 for two murders committed by army death squads during his presidency.

Twenty-five people, including a child, were killed in the alleged “anti-terrorist” operations in 1991 and 1992.

Peru’s Constitutional Court had reinstated a controversial 2017 presidential pardon for Fujimori last month over health concerns that had already been partially allayed by decisions by the Costa Rican-based IACHR.

However, the IACHR told Peru in late March not to release Fujimori until it could assess the case. The new decision closes the door for the divisive former leader who is temporarily out of prison.

“The State of Peru must waive the execution of the verdict handed down by the Constitutional Court of Peru on March 17, 2022, which restores the effects of the humanitarian pardon granted to Alberto Fujimori on December 24, 2017,” he said. the court Friday. †

Peru has said it will abide by any decision of the IACHR.

While Fujimori is praised by some for restoring economic stability and defeating the Maoist armed group Shining Path, he was also condemned for his violent methods, including using death squads and sending the military to control Congress and the judiciary. to close in 1992.

His government is also accused of forcibly sterilizing Peruvian women under the guise of a family planning program, while the former president has also faced corruption charges.

Protesters took to the streets of the capital, Lima, following the Constitutional Court’s decision last month, calling on the government to ensure that Fujimori remains behind bars for the full term of his sentence.

Many protesters also criticized the ex-leader for failing to acknowledge his crimes or apologize to his victims.

Fujimori’s family has filed several petitions to release him on health grounds, but all have been denied.

His daughter Keiko Fujimori, who has lost three re-elections in the presidential election, said last year that she would pardon her father if she were elected.

She was defeated in June by left-wing former teachers’ union leader Pedro Castillo and is now facing charges of illegal campaign finance in her failed 2011 and 2016 presidential bids.

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