lima - Peruvian president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has given a presidential pardon on Christmas Eve to former president Alberto Fujimori who is hospitalized and, according to his personal physician, is 'incurably ill'.
Fujimori (79), was rushed from prison to a hospital on Saturday and is in mortal danger according to his physician Alejandro Aguinaga. He had to be admitted there because of 'abnormally low blood pressure and cardiac arrhythmia. '
The son of Japanese immigrants Fujimori committed a prison sentence of 25 years for corruption and violation of human rights during his presidency from 1990 to 2000. He is a highly controversial figure in Peru who also causes divisions from prison. He is beloved by his supporters because of his economic policy and hated by his opponents who call him a corrupt dictator.
Kuczynski had previously said it would be undesirable to have the former president die in captivity. Opponents have announced that they will terminate all cooperation with the center-right government of the president's party if Fujimori is released.
The former president has been struggling for years with fragile health.