The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) determined that Peru should decide whether the pardon given to ex-President Alberto Fujimori complies with the requirement that there be justice for the victims of the 25 murders for which he was convicted, and the president of the Peruvian Judicial Branch, Duberlí Rodríguez, said on Tuesday he would have preferred a “firmer” position.
“For me, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights has eluded responsibilities,” Rodríguez said in a conversation with reporters, according to El Universal. The court, in a resolution issued last week in San Jose, Costa Rica, decided that it is Peru who has to decide on this matter.
The then president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) pardoned Fujimori on December because of his alleged illness. Of the 25 years he was supposed to serve in prison, he only served 10.
Rodríguez explained to the media that the ordinary courts and the Constitutional Court will have to review the proceedings. “You have to see the pronouncement in both branches,” he said. According to El Universal, the Peruvian State and the civil party have until October to inform the IACHR of the results of their analysis.
“Since he regained his freedom, Fujimori, 79, lives far from the public eye in a luxurious house in Lima and without comment despite the fact that in his sector of the radical right there is a fratricidal duel for leadership between his children Keiko and Kenji”, wrote El Universal.