Peru’s ex-leader Fujimori, 77, hospitalized as health worsens

AFP-JIJI

Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, who is serving a 25-year prison term for corruption and human rights violations, has been hospitalized, officials said Monday, the latest in a string of health crises.

Fujimori, 77, was transferred under heavy guard Sunday to a clinic in the capital Lima for a gastric problem and bleeding on his tongue, where he has had a recurring cancerous lesion, said the national prison service.

“In the clinic they were able to stabilize him and are carrying out a series of tests,” prison service chief Julio Magan told radio network RPP.

Fujimori (1990-2000), whose daughter, Keiko, is the front-runner for Peru’s presidential election in April, has been in and out of the hospital in recent months for a series of health problems.

He had cataract surgery in November after complaining of blurred vision while writing his memoirs.

He has also been treated for high blood pressure and undergone five operations for the growth on his tongue.

Fujimori, who also holds Japanese citizenship, was first jailed in 2007 and convicted in 2009 for his role in killings by a death squad targeting supposed members of the Shining Path guerrilla group in the 1990s.

He has also been convicted of embezzlement and bribery.

His children have asked President Ollanta Humala to grant him a reprieve on health grounds. But the president rejected the request in 2013, saying medical reports indicated Fujimori’s condition was not sufficiently serious.