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Peru: Fujimori to have tongue surgery

Last Updated: Monday, February 21, 2011 - 09:07

Lima: Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori`s chief doctor says he has been hospitalised for surgery to correct lesions on his tongue.

Dr Alejandro Aguinaga said that Fujimori entered a hospital on Sunday. It will be the fourth time since 1997 that he has undergone such an operation.

Aguinaga says the procedure is scheduled for Monday morning.

The 71-year-old former leader is serving a 25-year jail sentence for killings and kidnappings by security forces during his presidency.

Fujimori ruled Peru with an increasingly iron fist from 1990 until 2000, when his government collapsed amid a bribery scandal.

In 2005, he left exile in Japan and travelled to Chile, where he was arrested and extradited to Peru.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, February 21, 2011 - 09:07
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