Peru electoral council rejects Fujimori presidential bid

Peru electoral council rejects Fujimori presidential bid

[JURIST] Peru's National Election Council formally announced Tuesday that former president Alberto Fujimori [personal website; JURIST news archive] is banned from participating in the April 9 presidential election. The council's decision came after Fujimori registered as a presidential candidate [JURIST report], despite a Peruvian Constitutional Court [official website, in Spanish] decision last October to bar Fujimori from running for office [JURIST report] until 2010. Fujimori fled to Japan in 2000 amidst corruption and human rights allegations for activities during his presidency in the 1990s. In November, Fujimori arrived in Chile where he planned to campaign for the presidency of Peru, but he was detained at Peru's request [JURIST report]. Peruvian officials are seeking his extradition [JURIST report] so that he can face charges [JURIST report] in Chile. AFP has more.