Peru: Constitutional Court orders release of Alberto Fujimori

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15:39 | Lima, Dec. 5.

The Constitutional Court (TC) on Tuesday afternoon ordered the immediate release of Peru's former President Alberto Fujimori, who remains imprisoned at Barbadillo Prison in Lima's Ate district.

The decision was taken after resolving an appeal from the ex-president's defense requesting reversal in this case.

Likewise, it comes after a court of Ica declared inadmissible the execution of the ruling by the Constitutional Court (TC for its acronym in Spanish) on the Alberto Fujimori pardon case.

The Constitutional Court has declared the appeal well-founded and resolved the direct and immediate execution of the collegiate body's sentence of March 12, 2022, which restored the humanitarian pardon granted to the former president in 2017 and ordered his release from prison at that time.

In this regard, the collegiate body's order asks the National Penitentiary Institute (INPE) and the director of the Barbadillo Prison to make the necessary arrangements for the immediate release of the ex-president during the day.

Moreover, the Court decided to severely reprimand the judge in charge of the Superior Court of Ica's First Preparatory Investigation Courtroom, Vicente Fernandez Tapia, for not implementing the resolution initially issued by the collegiate body.

As is known, the Constitutional Court's 2022 ruling was suspended by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (Inter-American Court), which required the Peruvian State to refrain from releasing Alberto Fujimori.

In this regard, the TC's order indicates that the Inter-American Court cannot command that said ruling not be implemented because it is outside its jurisdiction. 

About Fujimori

After having fled to Japan and traveled to Chile, from where he was extradited to Peru, the Fujimori patriarch was sentenced for crimes against human rights and corruption committed during his term in office.


Published: 12/5/2023