Imprisoned ormer Peruvian dictator Alberto Fujimori has been moved from his prison cell to a clinic to undergo urgent care for high blood pressure and depression, the head of the state penitentiary institute Julio Magan said on Friday, according to Reuters.
Fujimori, 77, is serving a 25-year sentence since 2009 for graft and human rights abuses during his 1990-2000 authoritarian rule.
"He was transferred urgently," Magan said on local broadcaster RPP, saying Fujimori suffered from high blood pressure, depression and tongue pain.
Fujimori has received medical treatment outside of his prison cell several times in recent years, including for surgery to remove a growth on his tongue and cataracts in one eye.
The most recent illness follows his eldest daughter Keiko Fujimori's second straight narrow defeat in a run-off presidential election two weeks ago. Her campaign failed to fully distance herself from her father’s human rights abuses, including forced disappearances and state forced sterilization of many poor and indigenous women. Many believed Fujimori would seek to free her father if she won.
President-elect Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, a 77-year-old former investment banker, has said he will not pardon Fujimori but would sign legislation that allows aging prisoners like Fujimori to serve their sentences under house arrest.
Keiko Fujimori's party has a solid majority in Congress. Outgoing President Ollanta Humala, whose five-year term ends on July 28, rejected a pardon request from Fujimori in 2013 after a special commission concluded he was not suffering from a terminal illness.