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Ex-Peruvian leader Fujimori writing autobiography in prison

AFP-JIJI

Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, in prison for rights abuses during his 10-year rule, said he’s writing an autobiography.

In a handwritten note to RPP radio Tuesday, the 75-year-old Fujimori said incumbent President Ollanta Humala’s refusal to grant him a pardon on medical grounds was a “low blow” but he had moved on to a new stage of his life.

“I now devote more time to painting and also to writing my autobiography, some summary paragraphs of which I will deliver on a regular basis,” Fujimori said.

An agronomist of Japanese descent, Fujimori was little known when he was elected president in 1990. He initially gained immense popularity by rescuing the Peruvian economy, but used it to dissolve Congress, rewrite the constitution, and wage a bitter no-holds-barred counterinsurgency campaign.