Wife-turned-critic Of Peru Ex-president Dies
Lima, Dec 8 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Dec, 2021 ) :Peru's former first lady Susana Higuchi -- wife-turned-critic of ex-president Alberto Fujimori and mother of opposition leader Keiko Fujimori -- died Wednesday of cancer, her family said on Twitter.
Higuchi, the daughter of Japanese immigrants, was 71 years old and had been hospitalized in Lima for a month.
An engineer by training, Higuchi had four children with Alberto Fujimori, whose campaign she financed in 1990 when he was an unknown and unable to raise money for his ultimately successful presidential run against the favored candidate, the novelist Mario Vargas Llosa.
In 1994, while still first lady, Higuchi told reporters that she had been held hostage and tortured by her husband.
They divorced that year, and Keiko Fujimori -- then only 19 -- became Peru's first lady.
Higuchi said she was tortured after denouncing relatives of Alberto Fujimori for allegedly selling Japanese donations meant for poor people.
In 1994, she tried to challenge Fujimori for the presidency, but he passed a law preventing close relatives from succeeding him.
Reconciled, she endorsed two of her daughter's three presidential runs, in 2016 and 2021.
"She was surrounded by the love of us, her children, and her grandchildren until the last moment," tweeted Keiko Fujimori, who had in the past dismissed her mother's claims as "myths."Alberto Fujimori, 83, is in hospital under police protection for a heart condition.
He has been serving a 25-year prison sentence since 2007 for corruption and crimes against humanity during his 10-year term.