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Ex-Peruvian President Arrested in Chile

Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori has been arrested in Chile, just hours after his unexpected arrival there.

Officials in Lima and Santiago say Mr. Fujimori was arrested at his hotel by Chilean police Monday. He is wanted in Peru on charges of corruption and human rights abuses related to the death squad murders of 25 people.

Mr. Fujimori, who was born in Peru to Japanese immigrants, fled to Japan in 2000. Tokyo has refused to extradite him because he holds Japanese nationality.

In a statement issued after his arrival in Chile, Mr. Fujimori said he would reside there temporarily while launching a campaign for the Peruvian presidency in the 2006 elections.

The government of Peru had requested that Chilean authorities arrest Mr. Fujimori.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.