• Kyodo


Peruvian President-elect Alejandro Toledo expressed readiness Tuesday to demand after he takes office in July that Japan extradite deposed President Alberto Fujimori.

After meeting with top U.S. officials, including President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell, Toledo told reporters that he has trouble believing the Japanese government “wants to be an accomplice to impunity.”

Toledo said he asked the United States to release secret documents that could shed light on alleged corruption between 1990 and 2000 during Fujimori’s time in power.

Toledo also said he thanked Bush for U.S. help in the arrest in Venezuela over the weekend of Vladimiro Montesinos, a former intelligence chief and close aide to Fujimori. , who was allegedly involved in crimes including corruption, human rights violations, illegal arms and drug-trafficking. The arrest of Montesinos is an important step toward securing the extradition of Fujimori, Toledo said.

Fujimori, a Japanese-Peruvian whose parents emigrated from Kumamoto Prefecture, abruptly resigned after flying to Japan on an unscheduled visit in November and has since remained in the country.

Japan confirmed In December that Fujimori holds Japanese citizenship and said he can stay in Japan indefinitely.

There is no extradition treaty between Japan and Peru.

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