November 02, 2005

Fujimori to

Peru Claims Fujimori Seeking Re-Election.

TOKYO - Peruvian ex-president Alberto Fujimori is attempting to forge a three-group political alliance, the Peruvian Embassy in Tokyo said Wednesday, as part of his effort to win re-election to lead the South American nation.

Fujimori, who fled to Japan in November 2000 as his 10-year-old government crumbled amid corruption scandals, came to Peruvian consular offices in Tokyo on Wednesday to validate his signature on a document joining his political movement with two parties, officials said.

The consular office notarized his signature, but affixed a stamp saying that it did not recognize the document, since Fujimori is barred from political activity because of the myriad of charges against him, the officials said.

"We legalized the signature, but not the content of the document," said Hector Matallana, Peruvian consul general in Japan.

The former leader wasn't immediately available for comment. Calls to his office Thursday morning went unaswered.

Fujimori faces 21 charges ranging from abuse of power to sanctioning a paramilitary death squad. The Peruvian Supreme Court dismissed a 22nd charge against him, of corruption, two weeks ago, citing a lack of evidence.

Fujimori has vowed to return to Peru to run for re-election in next April's elections, despite the charges against him and a standing congressional ruling, upheld by Peru's Constitutional Tribunal, prohibiting him from holding public office until February 2011.

Silly bastard. He just doesn't learn, does he?

The PSC dismissed the charge of corruption due to a lack of evidence?

That's just goofy.

Posted by Kyer at November 2, 2005 09:52 PM | TrackBack