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Peru's president pardons ex-leader Fujimori, citing his health

FILE PHOTO - Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is seen during an interview with Reuters at his house in "Hacienda Chiucureo" neighborhood, some 30 km (18 mile) north of Santiago, September 21, 2007. REUTERS/Esteban Medel/File Photo


LIMA (Reuters) - Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski pardoned former authoritarian leader Alberto Fujimori late on Sunday, clearing him of convictions for human rights crimes and graft before completion of a 25-year prison sentence.

Kuczynski's office said in a statement that a medical review showed that Fujimori, 79, who governed Peru from 1990 to 2000, suffered from "a progressive, degenerative and incurable disease."

The pardon comes just days after a faction of Fujimori's supporters in the opposition-controlled Congress saved Kuczynski from a motion that would have forced him from office in the wake of a graft scandal.

(Reporting by Marco Aquino; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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