Peruvian Writers Speak Out Against Fujimori Pardon
More than 230 Peruvian writers have signed a letter rejecting the pardon of former President Alberto Fujimori.
The letter CRIticizes current President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski for offering the pardon, announced on December 24. Alfredo Bryce Echenique, Fernando Iwasaki and Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa spoke out in the letter.
Kuczynski said he extended the pardon for humanitarian reasons linked to Fujimori’s poor health. The former leader had been serving a 25-year prison sentence for human rights abuses and other charges.
The letter says Fujimori was responsible for a government overthrow and destruction of the country’s institutions. It says the pardon “demonstrates a lack of appreciation for dignity, for equality before the law, and the right to remember wrongdoing.“
It also desCRIbes the pardon as a dangerous agreement between political forces hoping to control corruption cases that involve them.
In addition, Vargas Llosa wrote a commentary in El Pais, the most widely read newspaper in Spain. He said the people who voted for Kuczynski had unknowingly helped return power to Fujimori. He added that the pardon makes Kuczynski a partner and hostage of Fujimori.
The former president was found guilty of human rights violations, corruption, and approving of death squads during his time in office from 1990 to 2000.