Alberto Fujimori when he left the clinic where he was
hospitalized, in Lima, on January 04, 2018, since his grace by
the Peruvian President
A Peruvian court has ordered that former president Alberto
Fujimori (1990-2000), 79 years old and recently pardoned, be
tried again, this time for the murder of six inhabitants of a
village in 1992, announced Monday. the judicial
In this case, „the right to humanitarian grace of former
President Alberto Fujimori does not apply,“ the judicial
authorities said on Twitter.
The former head of state, who was serving a 25-year prison
sentence for crimes against humanity and corruption, was
pardoned on 24 December for health reasons by Peruvian
President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.
The prosecution ordered him to be tried with 23 other
people, including former members of a paramilitary group and
On January 29, 1992, when the Fujimori government was
conducting a major offensive against the Shining Path Maoist
guerrillas, members of the Colina Group, including military
personnel, kidnapped and murdered six residents of the village
of Pativilca, north of Lima.
The operation was led by one of the „death squads“ launched
by the Peruvian authorities against the guerrillas.
Prosecutors are demanding 25 years in prison for Alberto
Fujimori, accused of kidnapping, murder and criminal
The lawyer of the former president, Miguel Pérez, told the
television channel RPP to have informed his client. „He is
perfectly calm,“ he assured.
„Now, from a legal point of view, an appeal is possible, to
have a final decision in the second instance“ on the holding or
not of a trial including Mr. Fujimori, said the lawyer, who had
proposed that former head of state appears as a simple
„witness“, which the court refused.
President Kuczynski’s decision to pardon Fujimori sparked
controversy, as well as criticism of human rights organizations
and provoked several protests by Peruvians.
Kuczynski is accused of negotiating the measure politically
in exchange for his continued rule with the support of
Fujimori’s political movement.
„Mr. Fujimori is now resuming his status as a defendant,“
said human rights lawyer Carlos Rivera Monday.
„I regret the decision (…) in Pativilca I am confident
that my father will be acquitted after a trial without
political pressure,“ said Keiko Fujimori, daughter of the
former president and current president of the political party
She said the decision should not be an „excuse to
re-imprison a man of old and frail health,“ adding that his
father „deserves“ freedom during the trial.
– The bodies never found –
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was able to
reconstruct the events of January 1992 in Pativilca with
testimonies of the families of the men who were abducted and
killed that day.
Relatives of the victims said that a group of men dressed in
dark clothes arrived at night in the village, captured and beat
six men before taking them to several vehicles. The bodies of
the six victims – three farmers, a student, a driver and a
teacher – have never been discovered.
The family lawyer, Gloria Cano, had demanded that the
victims‘ rights be respected and that President Kuczynski’s
right of pardon does not apply to this case.
„If the clemency is finally applied, we will seize the
international bodies,“ warned the lawyer.
In February, human rights organizations and families of
victims asked the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, based
in San José, Costa Rica, to rule against the pardon granted to
This grace „is tantamount to an insult to the memory and
dignity of our brothers, mothers and sons,“ said a close
relative of the victims, Carmen Amaro.
Alberto Fujimori was released after 12
years in prison after being sentenced to 25 years in prison for
the deaths of 25 people killed by two „death squads“ in 1991
and 1992 in Barrios Altos, a district of Lima. and at La