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Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori
WAX2000112002 - 11 NOVEMBER 2000 - WASHINGTON, DC, USA - FILE PHOTO: Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori leaves the White House from a visit in Spetmeber. Fugimori was expected to submit his resignation Monday, November 20, 2000 from the plush Tokyo hotel where he is holed up far from a corruption storm, but opposition leaders said they were preparing moves to oust him on grounds of moral unfitness. cc/FILE PHOTO/Ricardo Watson UPI
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Alberto Kenya Fujimori Inomoto 藤森 謙也 (Fujimori Ken'ya?); pronounced ) (born 10 September 1934) served as President of Peru from 28 July 1990 to 17 November 2000. A controversial figure, Fujimori has been credited with the creation of Fujimorism, uprooting terrorism (Sendero Luminoso) in Peru and restoring its macroeconomic stability, though his methods have drawn charges of authoritarianism and human rights violations. Even amidst his 2008 prosecution for crimes against humanity relating to his presidency, two-thirds of Peruvians polled voiced approval for his leadership in that period.

A Peruvian of Japanese descent, Fujimori fled to Japan in 2000 amidst a corruption scandal, where he attempted to resign his presidency. His resignation was rejected by the Congress of the Republic, which preferred to remove him from office by the process of impeachment. Wanted in Peru on charges of corruption and human rights abuses, Fujimori maintained a self-imposed exile until his arrest during a visit to Chile in November 2005. He was finally extradited to face criminal charges in Peru in September 2007.

In December 2007, Fujimori was convicted of ordering an illegal search and seizure, and was sentenced to six years in prison. The Supreme Court upheld the decision upon his appeal.

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