Former Peru president arrested in Chile

Former Peru president arrested in Chile

[JURIST] Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori [Wikipedia profile, personal website] was arrested in Chile on Monday at the request of the Peruvian government. Fujimori had arrived from Japan in a bid to reenter Peru and run for the presidency in April 2006, despite the fact that he has been banned from holding public office [JURIST report] until 2010. Fujimori was president of Peru from 1990 to 2000, when he fled to Japan and received Japanese citizenship. Japan has repeatedly refused Peru's requests for Fujimori's extradition to be tried for numerous crimes [JURIST report] that he allegedly committed while in office, including embezzlement and the murder of 25 people. Chilean courts have questioned the legal validity of several international warrants for Fujimori's arrest and are awaiting a formal extradition petition from Peru. BBC News has more.