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Peruvian court annuls ex-President Alberto Fujimori’s pardon, orders arrest

Fujimori was pardoned by presidential decree last December, triggering a wave of protests by human rights organisations and by victims of Fujimori’s crackdown

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 October, 2018, 2:02am
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 October, 2018, 4:11am

A Peruvian court on Wednesday annulled ex-President Alberto Fujimori’s pardon and ordered the 80-year old’s immediate arrest, officials said.

“The judge issued the arrest and detention orders against former President Fujimori so that he may be re-integrated into the prison establishment,” said the state judiciary in a statement.

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Fujimori was pardoned by presidential decree last December. He was 12 years into a 25-year jail sentence handed down to him over his ordering of two massacres by death squads between 1991 and 1992.

The pardon, issued by then-president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski before he was himself brought down by a corruption scandal, triggered a wave of protests by human rights organisations and by victims of Fujimori’s crackdown.