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PostFujimori Pardoned, Released (Edward Jajko, USA, 01/07/18 5:25 am)
Saturday, January 6th's New York Times had an article on Peru that might have appealed to Prof. Hilton, given its Latin American context and the piquancy of the coincidence of Peruvian-Japanese and Peruvian-Polish names.
The pardoning on medical grounds of the former president, who was serving a 25-year sentence on human rights violations, has ignited protests in Lima, the capital.
JE comments: President Kuczynski's pardon of his imprisoned predecessor is widely seen in Peru as a deal struck between Fujimori's son Kenji, a congressman, and Kuczynski: in exchange for the pardon, the younger Fujimori led a block of legislators who voted not to impeach the President on corruption grounds. To complicate the family drama, Fujimori's daughter Keiko leads the Popular Force party which sought to remove Kuczynski.
Forty-plus years ago, Peronism in Argentina fragmented into bitterly opposing factions. The same thing is now happening in Peru with Fujimorism. Expect the Kenji-Keiko sibling squabble to intensify.
Fujimori Pardon: Disastrous for Peru
(Carmen Negrin, France
01/08/18 3:23 AM)
I see the pardon of Fujimori as a continuation of corruption and not a gesture of clemency.
I think the lesson transmitted by this pardon is disastrous for Peru.
One must not forget what happened under Fujimori's regime. I invite you all to read at least the Wikipedia summary of the motives for his prosecution.
The irony of it all though is that his "prison" had 10,000 square meters and now, I doubt that his present apartment has the same amount of space. In addition and mainly it might lead to where his money is hidden and he might finally be forced to pay his due.
JE comments: Fujimori still owes $8 million in civil penalties. He has paid nothing so far, although his present residence rents for $5000 per month. (This according to the NYT.)
Variations on the Fujimori saga are legion in Latin America. (Pinochet immediately comes to mind.) Does a nation forgive crimes of the past in the interest of healing and "national reconciliation"? Or perhaps, in the case of Fujimori, he really is gravely ill.