August 3, 2001 |
A Supreme Court judge in Peru declared disgraced ex-President Alberto Fujimori a fugitive and issued an international order for his arrest to face charges of abandonment of office and dereliction of duty. Judge Jose Luis Lecaros issued the order after Fujimori, who fled to his parents' native Japan in November, failed to appear for scheduled court hearings.
July 29, 2001 |
Alejandro Toledo, Peru's first freely elected president of Indian descent, was sworn in to office Saturday, promising to remain true to his roots and govern for the nation's poor. Toledo's assumption of the presidency seals the former shoeshine boy's remarkable rise and completes Peru's return to democracy after a decade of authoritarian rule by disgraced former President Alberto Fujimori.
July 27, 2001 |
Peruvian President-elect Alejandro Toledo named an international corporate lawyer, Roberto Danino, to be his prime minister in a move that analysts said could mean a shift to the right. Toledo, who takes office Saturday, has already named respected banker and fund manager Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to be his economy minister. Among other top appointments were Diego Garcia Sayan, the justice minister in Peru's outgoing interim government, as foreign minister, and Fernando Olivera as justice minister.
July 22, 2001 |
Jailed former spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos told an anti-corruption judge that he followed direct orders from former President Alberto Fujimori when he allegedly bribed at least 10 lawmakers, Peru's Congress said Saturday. Congress released a sworn statement Montesinos made to Judge Saul Pena Farfan, in which Montesinos said he doled out tens of thousands of dollars, "following orders from President Fujimori to obtain a congressional majority."
June 28, 2001 |
Peru's captured former spy chief, Vladimiro Montesinos, who could be jailed for life on charges ranging from embezzlement to murder, is itching to talk, a senior judge who has questioned him said Wednesday. Peruvians braced for more explosive revelations from the man at the center of the massive corruption scandal that brought down President Alberto Fujimori after Montesinos revealed Tuesday that he had an additional 30,000 secret videos up his sleeve.
June 26, 2001 |
A Peruvian police plane returned former intelligence chief Vladimiro Montesinos to his native land as a prisoner Monday, ending an eight-month, U.S.-aided manhunt and opening a new, uncertain chapter in this country's history. Wearing bluejeans and a beige shirt, Montesinos was immediately escorted to Peru's central jail, where he faced questioning on charges ranging from money laundering to drug trafficking to human rights violations.