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Suspected Red Army Terrorist Arrives in Japan

June 8, 1996

TOKYO (AP) _ A member of the Red Army guerrilla organization who has been on the run for more than 20 years was arrested Saturday after being deported from Peru.

Kazue Yoshimura, 49, was detained in Peru on May 25 and expelled for entering the country with false documents.

Police say Yoshimura, a former member of the radical Japanese Red Army, has been a fugitive since 1974. The Red Army, a shadowy and violent leftist group, claimed responsibility for several attacks in the 1970s.

Yoshimura is accused of taking part, among other things, in a brazen September 1974 raid on the French Embassy in the Netherlands in which 11 people were held hostage until a Red Army member was released from jail. Yoshimura and her comrades fled to Syria in a French government-supplied airplane after freeing the hostages and collecting a $300,000 ransom.

Accompanied by Japanese officials, Yoshimura left Peru on Wednesday and traveled via Aruba and the Netherlands because Peru and Japan do not have an extradition treaty.

Japanese police arrested her on Saturday when her plane landed at Narita Airport, Kyodo News said. About 30 policemen surrounded her as she left the plane. She was expressionless and said ``no″ when a reporter asked if she were Yoshimura.

Peruvian officials say Yoshimura was carrying an altered Japanese passport at the time of her arrest. They say she entered the country in February 1993 posing as a Filipino citizen.

Japanese news reports said authorities suspect other former Red Army members may be hiding in Peru. In March 1995, another former member, Yukiko Ekita, was captured in Romania while traveling on a false Peruvian passport.

Gen. Carlos Dominguez, head of Peru’s anti-terrorism police, said Yoshimura had no known contacts with Peruvian guerrilla organizations, such as the radical Shining Path, during her stay in Peru.

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