President Ollanta Humala has commented on news surrounding the health of former President Alberto Fujimori and rumors of a presidential pardon by saying that Fujimori’s family still has not formally requested the pardon.
“I do not understand the behavior of his relatives," Humala was quoted as saying by El Comercio. "In Peru we all know that for the government to make a decision of whether or not to pardon a person, there has to be actions by the interested person, or close relatives.”
“While this has not happened, the other can’t happen,” he added.
Humala’s comments come after months of speculation surrounding a possible pardon for Fujimori, who is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence on charges related to corruption and human rights abuses.
The former president’s family has been considering soliciting a pardon request for over a year.
Last November the former president’s daughter, Keiko Fujimori, said her family would ask President Ollanta Humala for a pardon for her father.
>“We will not let my father die in prison," >she said last year. "It’s not fair for him, or anyone else.”
However, in August, Fujimori’s son, Kenji Fujimori, said his father > >would no longer seek a pardon.
"My father has given up on the idea of a pardon because he knows he is innocent and there are no clear and positive signals from the government,” Congressman Fujimori said last month.
On Tuesday Humala was critical of the family’s behavior regarding the pardon request.
“What is at stake is a person’s life, it’s not a job application," the president said, according to RPP. "I don’t understand the behavior of Mr. Fujimori’s family."
“Hopefully this is not a question of a political calculation, which I think is the last thing someone could make on a person’s life.”
>Last Wednesday Fujimori was rushed to San Felipe Clinic after the former president experienced >complications from his latest surgery.
Fujimori’s doctor, Congressman Alejandro Aguinaga, said Fujimori has seen a decline in his health after this latest – and fourth – intervention over his mouth ulcers.
President Ollanta Humala has commented on news surrounding the health of former President Alberto Fujimori and said Fujimori’s family still has not formally requested the pardon.