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Peru's former leader denied pardon

A group of people march to demand the release of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori from prison in Lima - EPA

A group of people march to demand the release of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori from prison in Lima - EPA

27/07/2016 19:28

(Vatican Radio) Imprisoned ex Leader of Peru Alberto Fujimori isn`t going to get a happy seventy eighth birthday, as his latest request for a Presidential pardon has been rejected. 

Listen to the report by James Blears:

Outgoing President Ollanta Humala is refusing to pardon ex President Alberto Fujimori, who`s serving a twenty five year prison term, after being convicted of human rights violations.  

He`d also denied a request for this in 2013. 

This coming Thursday incoming President Pablo Kuczynski will be inaugurated.  That day is also Fujimori`s seventy eighth birthday, and although the new President won`t help him to blow out the candles, he is offering a flicker and glimmer of hope, but suggesting it could be house arrest instead of behind bars in jail. 

Fujimori`s daughter Keiko was the runner up in the June 5th Presidential Election.  

The President is the only one who can grant pardons and clemency. 

Some admire Alberto Fujimori`s Presidency which spanned the 1990`s, especially for the defeat of Maoist armed group Shining Path.  While others insist that nothing can justify, human rights abuses. 

27/07/2016 19:28