• Peru president elect eyes house arrest – Fujimori

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    LIMA: Peru’s incoming president said on Monday that he would back the idea of ex-president Alberto Fujimori — serving a 25-year prison term for corruption and crimes against humanity — serving the rest of his sentence under house arrest. The 77-year-old has been in and out of the hospital in recent months for a series of health problems. This week he requested a pardon, without citing a reason. It is under review by the outgoing administration of President Ollanta Humala. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, set to be sworn in as president this month, said “there was a legal process that concluded that he should serve a sentence.” He did not indicate anything about the pardon requested. But “what I am prepared to do is have him serve it out in more pleasant circumstances at home, as has been done with people in similar age and health circumstances,” the president-elect told reporters. He reiterated plans to pass legislation under which elderly prisoners could finish their terms under house arrest. Humala in 2013 rejected a Fujimori pardon request, saying medical reports indicated Fujimori’s condition was not serious enough.

    AFP

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