Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Peru: Keiko 'would pardon father'

As Alberto Fujimori recovers from surgery to remove a pre-cancerous lesion from his tongue, his daughter, Congresswoman Keiko Fujimori, has said she would pardon him if she became President in 2011.
"I trust that my father will be declared innocent, but if the time comes, and if I am president, I won't hesitate to grant amnesty to any person that I believe is innocent and punish those who are criminals".
(Congresswoman Keiko Fujimori says she wouldn't hesitate to pardon her father if she's elected president in 2011, Peruvian Times)

She is now facing a negative reaction to the comments:
"The congresswoman must be reminded that people who have committed crimes against humanity and have violated human rights, crimes for which her father will be condemned, cannot be pardoned or amnestied nor can they receive any type of political, penitential, or legislative benefit. This is the core of the matter," said human rights lawyer Carlos Rivera.
(Fujimori's daughter faces criticism for saying she would pardon him if elected president, Peruvian Times)

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