Interpol Issues International Arrest Warrant for Fujmori

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Thursday, May 1, 2003
Bruce Zagaris
On March 8, 2003, the media reported Interpol as reissued an international arrest warrant charging Alberto Fujimori, Peru’s former president, with murder after the Peruvian Government transmitted additional information to it. On February 27, 2003, Interpol suspended the original warrant. It gave Peru 14 days to provide evidence linking Fujimori to a paramilitary death squad and to show that the charges were not politically motivated. Peruvian prosecutors have accused Fujimori of authorizing the 1991 massacre of 15 people at a party in poor neighborhood in Lima, Peru, and the 1992 killings of nine university students and a professor. In November 2000, Mr. Fujimori visited Japan during an official mission, resigned his office, and has remained in Japan since. As a result, he has been a fugitive. He has denied the charges.