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LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru’s recently pardoned ex-President Alberto Fujimori has been taken from his home in the capital to a hospital for observation.

Family doctor Alejandro Aguinaga told the newspaper El Comercio that the 79-year-old Fujimori has an irregular heartbeat. A cardiologist examined Fujimori and recommended hospital care. He was moved to a hospital Sunday.

Current President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski pardoned Fujimori on Christmas Eve, freeing him from a 25-year prison sentence.

Fujimori was convicted in 2009 of killing 25 people, including an 8-year-old boy. He was later found guilty of knowing about death squads financed with public money that killed civilians.

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Kuczynski’s pardon set off protests by leftists and human rights activists, saying Kuczynski broke a promise not to release the former leader.

Kuczynski says Fujimori suffers from an incurable illness.