Peru: Citizens march against Keiko Fujimori's soon release from prison

ANDINA/Renato Pajuelo

00:00 | Lima, Nov. 26.

Groups of citizens and political organizations on Monday evening marched through downtown Lima's streets to protest against the Constitutional Court's (TC) ruling which recently annulled the preventive detention imposed on Fuerza Popular leader Keiko Fujimori.

The march started at San Martin Square. From there, they intended to walk to the TC headquarters also located in the downtown area.

Members of the National Police of Peru prevented the protesters from arriving at the court's building.

The march was composed of members from parties: Juntos Por el Peru (Together for Peru) and Frente Amplio (Wide Front), as well as civil society groups, and university students.


The decision was adopted during a plenary session held earlier at the TC headquarters. 

The presentation on the habeas corpus in favor of Fuerza Popular party leader's freedom was in charge of TC Chairman Ernesto Blume.

TC members Ernesto Blume, Jose Luis Sardon, Augusto Ferrero Costa, and Carlos Ramos voted in favor of the habeas corpus. For their part, Eloy Espinosa-Saldaña, Manuel Miranda, and Marianella Ledesma voted against the petition.

This appeal was filed last July by Sachi Fujimori —sister of the former presidential candidate— with the purpose of annulling the preventive detention order.

In the habeas corpus, the relative sued the Second Criminal Court of National Appeals Chair Cesar Sahuanay, who ratified —in second instance— the preventive detention order against the former Congresswoman.

44-year-old Fujimori is expected to leave the penitentiary center this week.

Preventive detention

Back then, the Judicial Branch declared well-founded the request made by the Prosecutor's Office to imprison Fujimori because of the danger of obstruction of justice that implied keeping her free.


Publicado: 26/11/2019