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Peru’s Vargas Llosa strongly opposes Fujimori pardon

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 Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa has once again come out against the possibility of a pardon for former President Alberto Fujimori.

The 2010 Nobel Laureate, who lost against Fujimori in the 1990 Presidential elections, said he hopes the administration of President Ollanta Humala isn’t “tainted” by a pardon for Fujimori.

"The pardon is something that is given to offenders who are in agony, and so that they can die at home,” Vargas Llosa was quoted as saying by Gestión.

“This is not Fujimori’s case, he is as healthy as you or me; he is cared and watched over by physicians, and his health status does not merit a pardon.”

Last year the famed writer said he would oppose a pardon for Fujimori unless there was proof of a terminal illness.

This week he said he felt Fujimori had not shown repentance for the crimes he committed.

"I am totally against the pardon," he said.

"I hope the government does not soil its administration by freeing a person who has been convicted of crimes against human rights and substantial robberies, of which Peru has only been able to recover $180 million of the nearly $6 billion stolen,” he added. 

The 2010 Nobel Laureate said he hopes the administration of President Ollanta Humala isn’t “tainted” by a pardon for Fujimori, who is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence.

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