Peru protests as president pardons jailed ex-leader

Dec 25, 2017, 6:47 AM EST
Alberto Fujimori is serving 25 years for human rights abuses and corruption.
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Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who narrowly escaped an impeachment bid last week, pardoned jailed ex-leader Alberto Fujimori on Monday, sparking protests as critics allege that the decision comes in exchange for incumbent leader’s political survival.

Leftist politician Veronika Mendoza slammed the president for striking a deal with Fujimori, who is serving 25 years for human rights abuses and corruption, writes the BBC.

Pedro Cateriano, Peru’s former prime minister, called Kuczynski’s “infamous political pact” an “act of treason to democracy and human rights,” notes The Guardian

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