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Peru’s pardoned ex-president hospitalized for observation

January 14, 2018

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2013 file photo, Peru's jailed, former President Alberto Fujimori attends his hearing at a police base on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. On Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 Fujimori was taken from his home in the capital of Lima to a hospital for close observation. Previously, Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski had granted Fujimori a medical pardon. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru’s recently pardoned ex-President Alberto Fujimori has been taken from his home in the capital to a hospital for observation.

Family doctor Alejandro Aguinaga told the newspaper El Comercio that the 79-year-old Fujimori has an irregular heartbeat. A cardiologist examined Fujimori and recommended hospital care. He was moved to a hospital Sunday.

Current President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski pardoned Fujimori on Christmas Eve, freeing him from a 25-year prison sentence.

Fujimori was convicted in 2009 of killing 25 people, including an 8-year-old boy. He was later found guilty of knowing about death squads financed with public money that killed civilians.

Kuczynski’s pardon set off protests by leftists and human rights activists, saying Kuczynski broke a promise not to release the former leader.

Kuczynski says Fujimori suffers from an incurable illness.

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