Peru authorities to examine Fujimori prison conditions

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Justice Minister Eda Rivas announced Monday the Presidential Pardons Commission would visit former President Alberto Fujimori’s prison cell, in order to evaluate his living conditions.

The commission regularly reports on the conditions of inmates that have applied for a presidential pardon, and informs the president, El Comercio reported.

However, ex-President Fujimori would need to sign the pardon request, in order for commission inspectors to look into his case.

After the visit, the minister said, the commission would determine whether Fujimori – who according to his doctors is currently battling cancer of the tongue – is able to get the medical attention he needs from his prison cell.

The information could prove to be significant in helping President Ollanta Humala decide whether to pardon Fujimori who is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence on charges related to corruption and human rights abuses.

Earlier this month Fujimori’s family filed a request for the former president’s pardon at the country’s Ministry of Justice, citing concerns over his health.

Justice Minister Eda Rivas announced Monday the Presidential Pardons Commission would visit former President Alberto Fujimori’s prison cell, in order to evaluate his living conditions.

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