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Peruvian Court Decision to Release Ex-President Fujimori Triggers Protests

HeadlineMar 18, 2022

Peru’s top court has authorized the release of 83-year-old former President Alberto Fujimori from prison. Fujimori has served less than 15 years of a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses and crimes committed during his rule in the 1990s, including kidnapping, bribery and ordering massacres by death squads. The government of President Pedro Castillo said it would appeal the ruling before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Protesters took to the streets following the news. This is Gisela Ortiz, former Peruvian culture minister, whose brother was murdered during Fujimori’s dictatorship.

Gisela Ortiz: “We spontaneously came out to react to this unjust and illegal decision from the Constitutional Tribunal which gives Fujimori freedom. He is a former president who violated human rights. We are demanding that our right to justice as massacre victims’ relatives is guaranteed.”

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