On Thursday former President Alejandro Toledo expressed strong criticism regarding a possible pardon for Alberto Fujimori – who is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence on charges related to corruption and human rights abuses.
On his Twitter account Toledo said a pardon that was a “product of negotiations […] would offend the memory of the victims.”
Toledo’s criticism comes days after news former President Fujimori was in the process of formally requesting a humanitarian pardon, after seeing a decline in his health.
>Meanwhile, Peru Posible – Toledo’s political party – published a >statement expressing opposition to the pardon.
— Alejandro Toledo (@atoledomanrique) data-datetime= 2012-10-04T19:37:28+00:00 >October 4, 2012
“The judges,” the statement said, “acting independently, according to the law and with absolute freedom of conscience, sanctioned the former president to 25 years imprisonment for crimes of murder, aggravated kidnapping and corruption.”
Peru Posible also argued Peruvian law prohibits pardons for prisoners who have been sentenced for aggravated kidnapping.
“Alberto Fujimori Fujimori, because of the gravity of the crimes committed, deserves to carry out the penalty that was imposed.”
Toledo’s party said there would have to be evidence Fujimori is in critical condition, before considering a pardon.
Fujimori, Peru Posible added, would also have to apologize “to the victims and the country, and be willing to pay financial reparations.”
Former President Alejandro Toledo expressed strong criticism regarding a possible pardon for Alberto Fujimori.