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Lima Office Will Promote Return of Former President Fujimori


A former media advisor to Alberto Fujimori says he is planning to open an office in the Peruvian capital, Lima, to promote the return of the fugitive former president and another run for the presidency in 2006.

Carlos Raffo says he will open the office on July 28. He says its initial purpose will be to defend Mr. Fujimori against accusations of wrongdoing, but adds he is sure the former chief executive plans to run for a third term in office.

Mr. Fujimori faces murder and corruption charges in Peru for allegedly sanctioning massacres of suspected rebel sympathizers in the first years of his decade-long administration in the early 1990s. He maintains his innocence.

Mr. Fujimori has has been living in self-imposed exile in Japan since November 2000. Peru's Congress removed him from office following a corruption scandal involving jailed former spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos.

Japan and Peru have no extradition treaty and Japanese law prohibits the extradition of its citizens for alleged crimes committed in other countries.

Mr. Fujimori, the son of Japanese immigrants, was granted Japanese citizenship shortly after his arrival in Japan.

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