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Former Peruvian President Fujimori Weds

April 6, 2006

TOKYO (AP) _ Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, now under arrest in Chile, married his Japanese sweetheart Thursday by filing legal documents in Japan, a spokesman for the woman’s company said.

Representatives of Fujimori and longtime friend Satomi Kataoka, owner of Tokyo’s upscale Hotel Princess Garden, filed a marriage registration for the couple in the Japanese capital, said hotel spokesman Tetsuo Matsui.

In Japan, couples are officially married once the registration has been submitted to a municipal office. Kataoka resides in the Tokyo area.

Kataoka was in the Peruvian capital last month when she announced the couple’s intentions to marry sometime before Peru’s presidential election, scheduled for April 9. Kataoka was in Peru to support pro-Fujimori candidates.

Fujimori, who is of Japanese ancestry, fled to Japan in November 2000 as his decade-old authoritarian government crumbled amid corruption scandals.

Last November, he flew to Chile as part of a plan to launch a political comeback but was detained on an international arrest warrant at the request of Peru, which is seeking his extradition to face criminal charges.

Fujimori faces charges in Peru including sanctioning a death squad accused of murdering 25 people, illegal phone tapping, bribing lawmakers and transferring $15 million to his spy chief, Vladimiro Montesinos.

The former president has denied any wrongdoing.

In February, Chile’s Supreme Court rejected Fujimori’s appeal to be released from prison or placed under house arrest while fighting Peru’s extradition request.

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