July 8, 2020

Constitutional Court of Peru ratifies the release of Keiko Fujimori

The Constitutional Court (TC) of Peru on Wednesday rejected the request for clarification made by the Judiciary to annul the controversial sentence that freed opposition leader Keiko Fujimori when considering that the ruling is "unsustainable" and has "serious inconsistencies."

The full of the TC declared inadmissible the request presented on the eve to re-vote the case and clarify the difference in arguments put forward by the four magistrates who were inclined to release against the other three who voted against.

The president of the Constitutional Court, Ernesto Blume, explained in a press conference that the request presented by the public prosecutor's office (State attorney) of the Judiciary was dismissed because "deep down it contains a challenge for a sentence that has the quality of res judicata" .

Blume recalled that the Constitutional Court judgments cannot be challenged and you can only ask for clarification for any error or omission incurred.


However, the Peruvian guarantee court considered that in the ruling that released Keiko Fujimori "it does not contain any errors or omissions," according to Blume.

The president of the TC reiterated that the result of the vote is "extremely clear" despite the fact that the four magistrates who voted in favor of the release did not share the same arguments because "it is not necessary that the fundamentals coincide, what is necessary is match the operative part ".

Blume said that, by rejecting the request for clarification, the case is closed and invoked that "the judgment of the court be complied with in all terms", of which he said that "he is immune from any pressure wherever he comes from."

"Compliance must be general and not have attitudes of rebellion. The Constitutional Court's judgments are fulfilled in all their terms so they don't like it," Blume added.

"If someone does not respect the TC, they are violating the Constitution and the law. I call to adopt a respectful position of all people in general. You cannot build a constitutional state based on grievances and offenses," he concluded.

With this, the Peruvian guarantee court ruled out the possibility of reconsidering the decision that returned Fujimori to freedom after almost 13 months in pretrial detention for having obstructed the investigations for alleged money laundering in the financing of his election campaigns to the Presidency from Peru.


The request for reconsideration had been submitted by the Attorney General, whose owner, Marco Palomino, declared himself "indignant and missed" by the speed with which the TC has resolved his request, in less than twenty-four hours.

"This draws my attention powerfully because it was presented yesterday at 2:30 pm and today the Constitutional Court has had hearings from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. I don't know at what time they have met to vote on it," Palomino said. in statements to Channel N.

The prosecutor said that the judiciary respects the judgments of the Constitutional Court and that against the ruling that freed Fujimori there is nothing left to do except that the prosecutor José Domingo Pérez, in charge of the investigations, files a new request for pretrial detention to be evaluated by a judge.


Precisely the prosecutor Perez surprised on Wednesday by having summoned for interrogation José Luis Sardón, one of the seven magistrates of the Constitutional Court and one of the four that freed Fujimori, according to local media.

Fujimori is accused of allegedly not having declared large amounts of company money for his election campaigns, such as a million dollars of the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, allegedly hidden with a fictitious accounting where small contributions from private individuals were simulated.

The daughter of former president Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000) is one of the great faces of Peruvian politics involved in the bribes and irregular donations of Odebrecht.

Former presidents Alejandro Toledo are also prosecuted, pending an extradition request to the United States to be resolved; Alan García, who committed suicide in the head when he was going to be arrested; Ollanta Humala, for whom the Prosecutor's Office asks for 20 years in prison; and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, under house arrest.

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