Fujimori says he'll use Facebook, Twitter from Peru prison

Fujimori says he'll use Facebook, Twitter from Peru prison
Alberto Fujimori.

LIMA - Peru's imprisoned ex-president Alberto Fujimori said Thursday he will use Facebook and Twitter to communicate with the public from behind bars.

"In this way, I'll be able to share my thoughts, memories and illusions, sorrows and joys," Fujimori said in a letter to media.

He said his Facebook and Twitter accounts would be managed by close associates and youthful followers.

Justice Minister Daniel Figallo indicated, however, that the government would limit Fujimori's access to social networks.

"These forms of permanent communication must be regulated by the prison authorities," he told reporters.

The 75-year-old Fujimori is serving a 25-year prison sentence after being convicted in 2009 of human rights violations during his 10-year presidency from 1990 to 2000.

President Ollanta Humala in June denied Fujimori's request for a pardon on humanitarian grounds due to his poor health.

Earlier this week, Figallo rejected a bid by Fujimori's lawyer to have him transferred to house arrest.

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