Kieko Fujimori assures she would pardon her father if elected president

Living in Peru
Israel J. Ruiz

Congresswoman Keiko Fujimori affirmed Sunday evening that she would not hesitate in pardoning her father, former President Alberto Fujimori, if she were elected the president of Peru.

Alberto Fujimori, who recently underwent surgery to have a cancerous tongue lesion removed, is currently standing trial in Lima for a number of crimes related to corruption and human rights violations, allegedly committed during his administration.

The former president’s daughter assured that her "hand will not tremble" in pardoning her father if she were elected president.

"I trust that my father will be found innocent, but if the time comes and if I were president of the Republic my hand will not tremble in pardoning any person that I believe is innocent as well as punishing those that are criminals," said Keiko on the Cuarto Poder television program.

Keiko explained that pardoning an individual required an extensive analysis of the person’s case. She affirmed that it was necessary to open a specific investigation on each case.

She added that there had been several congressional representatives who had recently been found not guilty by Peru courts, e.g., Carmen Lozada and Luz Salgado, who were acquitted after having been accused of having received money from Fujimori’s presidential aid, Vladimiro Montesinos.