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Peru's former President Alberto Fujimori asks for forgiveness from Peruvians as he lies in hospital bed in Lima, Peru, in this still image taken from a video posted on Facebook. Fujimori Handout/Reuters TV via REUTERS

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GENEVA (Reuters) - Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's pardon of his predecessor Alberto Fujimori is an appalling "slap in the face" for victims of human rights abuses and a major setback for the rule of law, a group of U.N. human rights experts said on Thursday.

"A humanitarian pardon has been granted to someone convicted of serious crimes after a fair trial, whose guilt is not in question and who does not meet the legal requirements for a pardon,” they said in a statement.

The statement was issued by the U.N. working group on enforced disappearances and by Agnès Callamard and Pablo de Greiff, U.N. special rapporteurs on extrajudicial executions and on the promotion of truth, justice and reparation.

(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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