Report: Fujimori Lecturing in Japan
TOKYO (AP) _ Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, wanted in Peru on corruption and other charges, has been appointed a guest lecturer at a Tokyo university, news reports said Friday.
Fujimori’s first lecture at Takushoku University _ ``A Reflection on Terrorism″ _ will be free to the public, the nationally circulated Yomiuri newspaper reported, citing university officials.
The 90-minute talk _ to be delivered in Spanish with Japanese interpretation _ will focus on the December 1996 hostage-taking at the Japanese ambassador’s residence in Peru, the paper said.
Fujimori was praised at the time in Japan for his handling of the crisis in which leftist rebels took some 400 people captive. Hundreds of hostages were released in negotiations, and the remainder were freed in a military raid.
The newspaper said that the university will call on Fujimori periodically to discuss his experiences as president of the South American country.
The financial daily Nihon Keizai newspaper carried a similar report. Takushoku University was closed for the New Year holidays and officials were unavailable for comment, said a guard who answered the phone Friday.
The lecture would be a rare public appearance for Fujimori, who fled to Tokyo in November 2000 and is wanted in Peru for allegedly sanctioning two massacres by a paramilitary death squad in the early 1990s.
He also faces charges of dereliction of duty, abandonment of office and embezzlement. Fujimori has denied criminal wrongdoing.
Fujimori has settled down in his parents’ native Japan, where he has been granted citizenship and is safe from extradition to Peru. Japanese law prohibits the extradition of its citizens to face trial for crimes committed in other countries.
On the Web: Takushoku University: http://www.takushoku-u.ac.jp.
Fujimori’s Web site: http://www.fujimorialberto.com