LIMA – Peruvian President-elect Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said on Tuesday that he will not sign the pardon requested last week by former President Alberto Fujimori after current President Ollanta Humana ruled out granting the pardon during his mandate.
At a meeting with foreign correspondents, Kuczynski, who will take office on Thursday, said that “if the current president did not do it, it’s highly improbable that I will do it.”
The president-elect reiterated that what he is ready to sign is a law, if proposed by Congress, permitting elderly prisoners to serve out their sentences under house arrest.
Kuczynski said that such a law must be “generic” and not drafted to apply to one person.
“I will certainly sign that, but I will not sign the pardon,” he said.
The Peruvian government on Monday began considering the humanitarian pardon request presented by Fujimori, who is serving a 25-year sentence for crimes against humanity, according to the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.
The ministry said that the Presidential Pardons Commission “performed a preliminary evaluation of Mr. Fujimori’s case and it was resolved to take his request under consideration and to request the medical and prison documentation” from the police prison in Lima where the former leader is incarcerated.
In a Monday evening television interview on the Latina channel, Humala said that Justice Minister Aldo Vasquez told the Presidential Pardons Commission that “it will take between two and two-and-a-half months” for it to deliver its recommendations in the case.
“In this situation, it’s not my place to make this decision,” he said, indicating that it would fall to Kuczynski to decide whether or not to pardon Fujimori.
The pardon request was revealed on Saturday by the head of the Council of Ministers, Pedro Cateriano, who announced on his Twitter account that “it will be handled in accord with the Constitution and the law.”
Humala had received in 2012 a request by Fujimori’s children to grant their father a humanitarian pardon for health reasons, but he rejected the request in 2013 after more than six months of consideration by the Presidential Pardons Commission.