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Peru ex-President Fujimori signs his pardon petition

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On Tuesday Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori confirmed he would sign a document requesting his own pardon.

Through an open letter, Fujimori said he did not believe the signature was a legal requirement, but said he wanted to clear any “doubt or misunderstanding about my desire on the matter.”

The government’s Presidential Pardons Commission had requested Fujimori sign his own pardon, in order for commission inspector to be able to look into his case.

“I will adhere to the [pardon]request made by my children, through a document with my signature, which will be presented tomorrow to the Committee on Presidential Pardons,” Fujimori wrote.

Fujimori who is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence on charges related to corruption and human rights abuses, is currently battling cancer of the tongue, and his family is requesting a humanitarian pardon.

Update: On Wednesday morning, César Nakazaki, Fujimori’s lawyer, presented a letter, signed by the former president, in which he formally requests a pardon.

“The commission’s order is absolutely illegal, but we’re meeting with the requirement and presenting former President Fujimori’s agreement, which is signed here,” Nakazaki said.

“We are meeting this requirement under protest, because we consider it illegal, in other words: we are doing this formality so that the Executive has no excuse about ruling on this issue.”
 

“I will adhere to the [pardon]request made by my children, through a document with my signature, which will be presented tomorrow to the Committee on Presidential Pardons,” Fujimori wrote.

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