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Sunday May 19, 2013

Peru’s Ex-President Fujimori Released From Hospital After Gastritis

Peru’s Ex-President Fujimori Released From Hospital After Gastritis

Photo: Alberto Fujimori

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Imprisoned Peruvian ex-President Alberto Fujimori was released from a local hospital on Sunday after being diagnosed with acute gastritis.

Fujimori, 74, had been hospitalized Friday night when he was found to be having problems digesting his food and after losing weight.

The former leader, who is serving a 25-year jail sentence for ordering 25 murders and two kidnappings during his time in office between 1990-2000, remained under observation after undergoing several medical exams.

“Doctors have concluded that my father has erosive gastroduodenitis plus acute lesions of the gastric mucous with bleeding in some places. They’re keeping my dad under observation for the next few hours. He’s receiving medication to control the pain,” his daughter, former presidential candidate and ex-lawmaker Keiko Fujimori, said Saturday outside the clinic.

Fujimori is currently waiting for a response to the plea for a humanitarian pardon filed by his four children in October, about which President Ollanta Humala will have the last word at some as yet unspecified date.

“We have hopes that the pardon will be granted,” Keiko said, “and that it will be granted in the next few weeks.”

Fujimori’s four children - Hiro, Keiko, Sachi and Kenji - requested a presidential pardon for their father and claimed that he was a high-risk cancer patient and that his incarceration endangered his health.

This claim, however, was refuted by examinations imposed by the commission evaluating his case, which said that soon it will send a report on the matter to Humala.

Fujimori’s detractors say that if a pardon is granted, it will be a sign of impunity for human rights violations.

For the past several weeks, Fujimori has been sending letters to the media requesting that the process of evaluating whether or not to grant him a presidential pardon be speeded up. E