Clashes in Peru after Fujimori pardon

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Protesters clashed with police after disgraced ex-President Alberto Fujimori was pardoned while serving a 25-year sentence for corruption and human rights abuses. Police fired tear gas into crowds in the capital Lima during a second day of protest that began on Christmas Eve. 

Fujimori, who was jailed for corruption and human rights abuses, received a pardon on humanitarian grounds. President Pablo Kuczynski said the medical pardon was necessary for the 79-year-old Fujimori, whose health had deteriorated while serving a 25-year sentence. Reuters initially reported Christmas Eve protests in downtown Lima and noted the move could trigger a political realignment in the South American country.

Fujimori was sentenced to six years in jail for charges ranging from bribery to the abuse of power. Two years later, he was sentenced to an additional 25 years in prison for human rights abuses committed during his time in office,including authorising killings carried out by death squads.

Two members of President Kuczynski’s party in the Peruvian Congress have resigned in protest at the pardon.

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