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Peruvian Government Asks Chile to Arrest Fujimori

The government of Peru has requested that Chile arrest former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, who arrived in Chile unexpectedly Sunday.

A spokesman for the Chilean government, Osvaldo Puccio, says the matter has been turned over to the courts to decide. The international arrest warrants for Mr. Fujimori are not valid in Chile.

Mr. Fujimori, who fled to Japan in 2000, is wanted in Peru on charges of corruption and human rights abuses related to the death squad murders of 25 people.

In a media statement he said he will stay in Chile temporarily while launching his candidacy for Peruvian president in next April's elections.

His visit comes at a time when Peru and Chile are at odds over maritime boundaries. Peru Friday passed a law attempting to reclaim sea territory from Chile.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.