January 23, 2021

They postpone for the second time a medical evaluation to the Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori

They postpone for the second time a medical evaluation to the Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori

The Institute of Legal Medicine (IML) of Peru suspended today, for the second time, the medical evaluation that was to be carried out to former President Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000) by order of the Justice, to elucidate his state of health while hospitalized in a local clinic for more than a hundred days.

After the evaluation scheduled for Monday was suspended due to the absence of one of the five members of the medical team in charge of the review, today a similar situation was presented, according to the newspaper El Comercio.

The doctor Edgardo Huarhua, who is part of that team, informed the newspaper that today the procedure was not carried out because they were notified of the new programming at the last minute.

"That information must be provided by the Criminalistics Office, (but) nowadays they are only notifying us and we will see them in the week, that depends on the head office, on how the works are arranged", he explained when referring to the moment in which it will take place. measure.

Fujimori's personal doctor, the former congressman Alejandro Aguinaga, said, meanwhile, that he will not be present when the medical report is made.

"I do not think it is convenient, there is the clinical history and all the exams performed, treatments received and procedures proposed by cardiologists," he said.

Last Friday, the Supreme Court of Peru ordered that Fujimori's health be evaluated to determine when he will be able to continue serving his 25-year prison sentence, which he was sentenced in 2009 for crimes against humanity.

The resolution indicated that experts from the Legal Medicine Institute of the Public Prosecutor's Office should evaluate the state of health of the ex-governor, who is 80 years old, and issue a report that will allow him to determine whether he should remain in the clinic or receive medical attention in prison.

The court also requested that the clinic indicate when Fujimori will be discharged and that he provide information on the medical history of the former governor.

Fujimori has remained in the clinic amid suspicions that his prolonged internment is a strategy to evade the court order, pending an appeal to the annulment of his pardon.

Last November the Institute of Legal Medicine prepared a medical report that said Fujimori suffers from uncontrolled hypertension, heart problems, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and chronic coronary heart disease.

However, the document did not specify that his health is seriously threatened, so again the relatives of the victims of the crimes for which he was convicted questioned that he was not taken to a prison.

Fujimori remains hospitalized in a clinic in Lima since October 3, 2018, when the Supreme Court overturned the humanitarian pardon granted him by former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in December 2017, questioned for allegedly having taken political interests.


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