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Peru: Former president Fujimori back behind bars after pardon annulled02:05

Peru: Former president Fujimori back behind bars after pardon annulled

Peru, Lima
January 24, 2019 at 06:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

The former president of Peru Alberto Fujimori was taken back to prison by police in Lima on Wednesday after a medical panel found him the 80-year-old to be fit enough to serve the remainder of his jail sentence.

A judge annulled his pardon as a result of the finding, Fujimori was taken from hospital to prison to serve the remaining 13 years of his 25 year sentence.

Thousands of his supporters and detractors took to the streets after the decision was announced.

On December 25 2017, former president Pablo Pedro Kuczynski pardoned Fujimori on grounds of ill health. The ex-leader had been rushed to hospital from his jail cell due to heart complications the day before.

Kuczynski has denied that the pardon is part of a deal with opposition parties to avoid his own impeachment. Fujimori's reprieve has sparked a wave of protests and resignations from within the Peruvian government.

Despite being convicted of corruption and humans rights violations, Fujimori still enjoys support in his native Peru. He is credited with bringing economic prosperity to the country and defeating Maoist militant group 'Shining Path' during his period in office between 1990 and 2000.

Peru: Former president Fujimori back behind bars after pardon annulled02:05
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The former president of Peru Alberto Fujimori was taken back to prison by police in Lima on Wednesday after a medical panel found him the 80-year-old to be fit enough to serve the remainder of his jail sentence.

A judge annulled his pardon as a result of the finding, Fujimori was taken from hospital to prison to serve the remaining 13 years of his 25 year sentence.

Thousands of his supporters and detractors took to the streets after the decision was announced.

On December 25 2017, former president Pablo Pedro Kuczynski pardoned Fujimori on grounds of ill health. The ex-leader had been rushed to hospital from his jail cell due to heart complications the day before.

Kuczynski has denied that the pardon is part of a deal with opposition parties to avoid his own impeachment. Fujimori's reprieve has sparked a wave of protests and resignations from within the Peruvian government.

Despite being convicted of corruption and humans rights violations, Fujimori still enjoys support in his native Peru. He is credited with bringing economic prosperity to the country and defeating Maoist militant group 'Shining Path' during his period in office between 1990 and 2000.

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