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Peru's jailed former President Alberto Fujimori seeks pardon

  • A woman poses for a portrait in front of poster of Peru's jailed, former President Alberto Fujimori during a rally calling for his release in Lima, Peru, Friday, July 22, 2016. Fujimori, who is already serving 25 years following previous convictions, is currently being tried for allegedly diverting government funds to finance newspapers that backed his successful run for a third term. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

    A woman poses for a portrait in front of poster of Peru's jailed, former President Alberto Fujimori during a rally calling for his release in Lima, Peru, Friday, July 22, 2016. Fujimori, who is already serving 25 years following previous convictions, is currently being tried for allegedly diverting government funds to finance newspapers that backed his successful run for a third term. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of Peru's jailed, former President Alberto Fujimori rally to call for his release in Lima, Peru, Friday, July 22, 2016. Fujimori, who is already serving 25 years following previous convictions, is currently being tried for allegedly diverting government funds to finance newspapers that backed his successful run for a third term. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

    Supporters of Peru's jailed, former President Alberto Fujimori rally to call for his release in Lima, Peru, Friday, July 22, 2016. Fujimori, who is already serving 25 years following previous convictions, is currently being tried for allegedly diverting government funds to finance newspapers that backed his successful run for a third term. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)  (The Associated Press)

Peru's government says that jailed former President Alberto Fujimori has filed a new request for a pardon, less than a week before the country's new president takes office.

Outgoing President Ollanta Humala rejected Fujimori's first request for a pardon in 2013. The 77-year-old ex-president is serving a 25-year-sentence for human rights abuses, corruption and sanctioning death squads during his 1990-2000 government.

President-elect Pedro Pablo Kuczynski takes office on July 28. He has said he will not pardon Fujimori, though he left the door open for a law that could let the former president serve his sentence under house arrest because of his age and deteriorating health.

It is unclear whether Kuczynski or Humala will decide on Fujimori's second pardon request.