LIMA, Peru (AP) – The children of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori have filed a formal appeal asking the government to release him early from prison because he is suffering deteriorating health and tongue cancer.
The 74-year-old Fujimori is serving a 25-year sentence for human rights violations committed during his authoritarian presidency from 1990 to 2000.
His four children submitted their request Wednesday to Peru’s Justice Department, then presented a letter to President Ollanta Humala asking him to grant clemency on humanitarian grounds. A government spokesman says the appeal will be follow the usual process.
Fujimori has had two surgeries for tongue cancer — once in 1997 and then in the year after he was jailed in 2007. He has since undergone three operations to remove precancerous lesions on his tongue.
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)