LIMA – Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra said on Tuesday that his administration will abide by any ruling reached by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights regarding the pardon granted to disgraced former head of state Alberto Fujimori.
While Vizcarra declined to speculate on the possible contents of the ruling during a meeting with the foreign press in Lima, he did say that his government’s position is to “observe the Constitution, as well as local and international laws.”
Fujimori, who was serving a 25-year prison sentence for crimes against humanity during his 1990-2000 presidency, walked out of jail last December after receiving a pardon from then-President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.
Vizcarra said that compliance with regulations “should not be subject to political calculations.”
“We will comply with the law,” he said. “Whether that makes someone uneasy will not be part of my analysis.”
The Inter-American Court has held several hearings over the past few months to analyze the pardon.
Kuczynski pardoned Fujimori three days after a faction of the Popular Force party, led by lawmaker Kenji Fujimori – Alberto’s son – abstained from voting on a motion to impeach Kuczynski for his links to Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, which admitted to bribing Peruvian politicians to get contracts.
The pardon was unanimously rejected by human rights organizations, including the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which said it was against it on the grounds that it would be a form of impunity.
Vizcarra, who in March succeeded Kuczynski after he stepped down amid another impeachment process, is counting on a good relationship with Popular Force in Congress to move forward with his proposed policies.