Former President Alberto Fujimori, who owes over US$15 million in civil reparations, has no registered assets, according to Peru's anti-corruption prosecutor.
The recently pardoned one-time dictator now resides in a US$5,000-a-month rental though he does not own any property in Peru prosecutor Amado Enco told the local press. Fujimori's family doctor, Alejandro Aguinaga, said the bill for the house was being covered by the ex-president's friends.
Enco shared that the former president gave no indication he will honor the debt owed. But, the prosecutor added that any asset or pension registered to the pardoned ex-leader in the future will “be able to activate the necessary procedural mechanisms to honor his obligation to the state.”
"It is a moral obligation with the state, it is not a debt with someone particular, it is with all Peruvians, with Peruvian society. It is vitally important and necessary that you fulfill your duty,” he emphasized.
"Otherwise, what kind of example they give to the citizen, when they do not even comply with repairing the damages caused as a result of their actions, especially if they have accepted their responsibility, like Fujimori."
The prosecutor told El Comercio newspaper that Fujimori “has a certain purchasing power, he has been receiving first class attention in important clinics in Lima, now he is staying in a house with luxuries and comforts.
“Given these signs of economic solvency, it should be evidenced making the payment for the damage caused and the crimes for which he has been convicted,” the anti-corruption prosecutor said. However, Enco stated that public records and the local financial system shows that “(Fujimori) currently does not have any real property registered in his name.”
Fujimori's 25-year prison sentence was cut short following a humanitarian pardon from current President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, known as PPK. On December 24, PPK voided the ex-leader's sentence, but he remains civilly responsible for paying reparations to the families of his victims, according to Enco.
"Of the 51 million (of soles) that it owes to date, it has not paid a single one, and the Attorney General's Office has not received any communication or writings from him or his lawyers informing that they are going to pay or make a payment proposal," Enco said in statements to the agency Andina.