Fujimori in hospital again for cancer


Jailed former Peru President Alberto Fujimori has been admitted to a hospital for tests after a recurrence of cancer, his attorney said Monday.

“The ex-president has been transferred (from his cell to Lima’s top cancer hospital, INEN,) for evaluation, and probably will require surgery,” William Castillo told reporters.

Castillo said the disgraced ex-president, 75, was expected to be hospitalized for five days.

Fujimori is serving a 25-year sentence after being convicted in 2009 of human rights violations during his 1990-2000 tenure.

He has suffered a recurrence of cancer in the same area of the tongue where he was operated on previously, his son, lawmaker Kenji Fujimori, said last week.

The already jailed ex-president is currently on trial for corruption. In the present court case against him, which got under way on Oct. 17, prosecutors accuse Fujimori of diverting some $40 million of the military’s budget to tabloids supporting his 2000 re-election campaign.

Forced to resign in 2000, Fujimori fled to Japan but was extradited in 2007 to face charges at home.