The Peruvian government announced on Friday that it will abide by any ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) on whether former President Alberto Fujimori should remain in prison.
Court orders the Peruvian State to refrain from executing the ruling that frees Fujimori
“The decision that the Inter-American Court takes will be implemented by the State as soon as possible,” said Peruvian attorney Carlos Miguel Reaño.
Reaño indicated that the Peruvian State recognizes the rights of the victims whose human rights were affected during the government of Alberto Fujimori.
The Inter-American Court ratified on Friday the request to the Peruvian Justice not to release former President Fujimori until the body resolves the provisional measures requested by the victims of the massacres of Barrios Altos and La Cantuta.
This is the letter sent by the secretary of the Inter-American Court to the public prosecutor specializing in supranational matters to order that the ruling of the TC that frees Alberto Fujimori not be executed. @the mule. pic.twitter.com/DalZngVL1V
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March 30, 2022
Relatives and lawyers of the victims of the massacres perpetrated during the Fujimori government supported an appeal to block the release of the former president, which could occur after a decision by the Constitutional Court of Peru on March 17.
The TC considered a habeas corpus to restore a humanitarian pardon that the government granted to Fujimori in 2017 and that was annulled by the justice system ten months later.
Prosecutor Reaño recognized the legitimacy of the resolutions of the Inter-American Court above decisions such as that of the Constitutional Court.
For its part, the Center for Justice and International Law (Cejil), one of the organizations that represent the victims, asked the Peruvian State to cease any act intended to prevent Fujimori from completing his criminal sentence, since he was sentenced for serious human rights crimes, comparable to crimes against humanity.
Former President Alberto Fujimori was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his responsibility as the intellectual author of two massacres carried out by the special Army squad known as Grupo Colina against the civilian population in 1991 and 1992, which left 25 fatalities.
Fujimori was arrested in Chile in 2005. Two years later he was extradited to Peru, where he has received five convictions.