Fujimori invades Peruvian airwaves

Sept. 11, 2003 at 5:12 PM
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LIMA, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Peru's exiled former president is resurfacing in the South American country by way if its airwaves, local news sources reported Thursday.

Alberto Fujimori, who reportedly wants to re-enter the political arena, will tape a one-hour political commentary from Tokyo.

Fujimori moved to the Japanese capital after he fled Peru in late 2000 to escape charges of corruption and human rights violations committed during his 10 years in office.

The former president holds both Peruvian and Japanese citizenry. Japan does not extradite its citizens despite diplomatic efforts by Peru to have Fujimori returned.

Last month, the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission said some 69,000 people were killed by the government between 1980 and 2000, and Fujimori and his senior officers "bear criminal responsibility for murder, forced disappearances and massacres" committed during the president's time in office.

Fujimori asserts he is innocent of the charges and wants to return to Peru.

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