[JURIST] Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori [personal website; JURIST news archive], who fled to Japan after a corruption scandal in 2000, registered through intermediaries to run for president of Peru again Friday, shortly after a Chilean judge detained him indefinitely [JURIST report] pending consideration of an extradition request from Peru. Fujimori returned to South America in November, but was immediately arrested in Chile [JURIST report] at the request of the Peruvian government. If extradited to Peru, Fujimori will face 12 charges [JURIST report], including authorizing an illegal death squad, abuse of power, and corruption. Fujimori has vowed to take back the presidency, despite having been judicially barred from public office until 2010 [JURIST report], and hopes that popular support will pressure lawmakers to abandon his restriction. Perus electoral board only bars sentenced criminals from running for president, but it is widely believed that Fujimoris presidential registration will be rejected by the electoral board next week. Reuters has more.
Previously in JURIST's Paper Chase...
- Ex-Peru president Fujimori denied bail in Chile while extradition request considered
- Peru asks Chile to extradite Fujimori on rights, corruption charges
- Peru approves charges against Fujimori ahead of extradition bid
- Chile high court affirms Fujimori detention pending extradition
- Ex-Peruvian president Fujimori loses challenge to Chile detention
- Former Peru president Fujimori to stay in Chile jail pending extradition
- Former Peru president arrested in Chile