NEW YORK – Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo used his address before the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday to urge Japan to turn over fugitive former President Alberto Fujimori.
“We request the government of Japan to contribute to the access to justice authorizing the extradition of former President Alberto Fujimori, indicted by the Peruvian justice of crimes against humanity for alleged responsibility on actions of torture, forced disappearance and execution,” Toledo said.
Despite repeated lobbying of Japanese officials by Peru and a worldwide notice for his arrest issued by Interpol in March 2003, Japan has refused to extradite Fujimori, citing his Japanese citizenship and the fact that the countries have no extradition treaty.
The Peruvian government asked Japan in July 2003 to turn over Fujimori, citing his alleged involvement in several crimes in his home country, including the murder of 25 citizens in 1991 and 1992.
He is also charged with authorizing the torture of a journalist in 2000, embezzling public funds and dereliction of duty.
Fujimori arrived in Japan in November 2000, with his decade-long government crumbling as a result of a corruption scandal.