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Ailing ex-president Fujimori seeks pardon in Peru

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Disgraced Peruvian ex-president Alberto Fujimori, serving a 25-year prison term for corruption and crimes against humanity, has requested a pardon due to ill health.

The 77-year-old has been in and out of the hospital in recent months for a series of health problems.

"Alberto Fujimori has filed a pardon request with the Justice Ministry. It will be processed under due constitutional and legal terms," council of ministers chief Pedro Cateriano said in a Twitter post.

The reason for the request -- his second -- was not specified.

He has previously had gastric problems, cataract surgery and five operations for a cancerous growth on his tongue.

Fujimori's 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.

Under Peruvian law, granting pardons is a presidential prerogative.

Alberto Fujimori's latest hospitalization came 12 days after his daughter Keiko narrowly lost Peru's presidential election to center-right candidate Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

Fujimori, who was president from 1990 to 2000, 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.

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