Fujimori's failed comeback

21 November 2005 by Lucien O. Chauvin

Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori surprised supporters and detractors alike in early November, abandoning Japan after nearly five years of self-imposed exile in an effort to return to Peru and seek another presidential term. Instead of returning home to face the charges that have been pending against him in Lima since he resigned by fax from Tokyo on November 19, 2000, Fujimori opted to fly to Santiago, Chile, where he was taken directly to prison pursuant to an extradition request from Peru.

Fujimori, 67, left Japan shortly after 5:00 p.m. on November 5. After a stopover in Mexico, the private jet carrying Fujimori and four of his companions landed at the airport in Santiago, Chili at 3:30 pm on November 6. Approximately 8 hours later, Fujimori was arrested. He is currently being kept in a 3 x 2.5 meter holding cell at a training school for Chilean police officers on the outskirts of the capital. Three cameras and several guards provide round-theclock surveillance. He may see visitors for four hours daily, but he is not allowed to talk to the media or make any sort of political statement. Chilean Foreign Minister Ignacio Walker has been blunt, stating that Fujimori would not be allowed to turn "Santiago into the epicenter of Peruvian politics."

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