Former Peru president cleared of corruption charges

[JURIST] Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori [Wikipedia profile; personal website] on Tuesday was cleared of corruption in a 1994 arms purchase case, a week after he was barred from running [JURIST report] in Peru's 2006 presidential election by the country's Constitutional Court [official website]. Fujimori has been banned from office until 2010, though he says he intends to return to Peru to run for president [AP report]. Peru has requested that Fujimori be extradited from Japan, where he is in self-imposed exile, to face more than 20 other criminal charges involving corruption and human rights abuses. Fujimori is accused of being involved with the killing of 25 suspected members of the Shining Path guerrilla group as well as the misuse of public funds. Japan has so far refused Peru's extradition requests. BBC News has more.

 

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