Peru: Toledo and Keiko clash over Fujimori pardon

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On Tuesday, Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo and 2011 presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori clashed after Toledo made comments about a possible pardon for Alberto Fujimori.

Toledo said a commission made up by Peruvian, American, and European cancer specialists should examine Fujimori’s health, “and say if he will die in two or three months.”

“In that case, there should be a pardon,” Toledo said according to Peru.com.

According to Fujimori’s physicians, the ex-president is currently battling cancer of the tongue. The former president 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.

Toledo was also apprehensive about how a pardon for the former president would be interpreted by family members that lost relatives during the Cantuta and Barrios Altos massacres, for which Fujimori was found guilty by a three-judge panel of Peru’s Supreme Court.

"How can we explain [a pardon]to the families of the victims of the massacres," Toledo said.

After the ex-president’s comments, Keiko Fujimori was heavily critical of Toledo through her Twitter account.

“What a coward he can be,” Keiko wrote. “With a singular hatred he asks that in order for my father to be pardoned, he needs ‘assurances’ that he will die in two months.”

“It would be better if when [Toledo] drinks, he doesn’t speak, and when he speaks, he should not drink,” she added.

“Electoral defeat and alcohol are a dangerous mix.”

 

On Tuesday, Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo and 2011 presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori clashed after the former made comments about a possible pardon for Alberto Fujimori.

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