November 6, 2005

Peru’s Fujimori makes surprise arrival in Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Peru's ex-President Alberto
Fujimori, who is wanted in Peru on an international arrest
warrant on human rights abuse and corruption charges, made a
surprise arrival in Chile on Sunday, the former leader said in
a statement.

Fujimori, who led Peru from 1990 to 2000, has been a
fugitive in Japan since he fled there in November 2000 when a
corruption scandal toppled his government.

In a statement received by Reuters, Fujimori said he left
the Japanese capital, Tokyo, on Sunday and flew to Santiago,
Chile, arriving there at 3:30 local time (1830 GMT).

"It is my aim to temporarily remain in Chile as part of my
efforts to return to Peru and keep my promise to an important
part of the Peruvian people who have called on me to be a
candidate in the 2006 elections," he said.

Fujimori arrived in Chile at a time of tense relations
between Chile and Peru after Peru's Congress passed a law last
week to try to reclaim sea territory from Chile.

Local radio stations reported that Fujimori was driven from
Santiago's international airport to a hotel in the capital.

It was not immediately clear why he was not arrested on
arrival in Chile, since he is wanted on an international arrest

Peru has tried and failed to extradite Fujimori from Japan,
and planned to take a suit to the International Court in The
Hague this year to try to force Japan to send the former
president back to Peru for trial.

(Additional reporting by Robin Emmott in Lima)