Fujimori's defense team not allowed to attend Inter-American Court of Human Rights hearing

16:54 | Lima, Jan. 12.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights dismissed the request issued by former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori's defense team for participating in the hearing regarding the humanitarian pardon he received.

The dismissal was confirmed in writing to Fujimori and his lawyer. The document was filed by the institution's Secretary Pablo Saavedra, on behalf of the Court's President Roberto Caldas.

Fujimori's request was declared inadmissible since —under the Court Rules— only representatives of the victims and the State can participate in hearings for monitoring compliance of judgments.

"Therefore, under these rules, you are not allowed to participate in these international proceedings," the document reads.

Likewise, it clarifies the Court cannot determine criminal liability but can assess if the facts —brought to its attention— confirm the State has failed to comply with its obligation to investigate, judge, and sanction the serious violations for which Fujimori was found responsible.

As is known, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski granted a humanitarian pardon to Fujimori on Christmas Eve.

The decision clears Fujimori —who ruled the country between 1990 and 2000— of convictions for human rights crimes before completion of a 25-year prison sentence announced in 2009.


Publicado: 12/1/2018