Exiled former president says he won't return fearing persecution
Alan Garcia ruled Peru from 1985 to 1990, but fled to Colombia in 1992
after Fujimori's "self-coup" shut down Peru's Congress and judiciary, firing
hostile judges and legislators.
Fujimori named new judges who restarted stalled corruption charges against
Garcia arising from his time as president. An arrest warrant was issued and
Garcia fears reprisal if he returns.
"The judicial system created after the 1992 coup d'etat is not a system
justice but a political dagger, with special laws and judges which have
destroyed many opponents" of Fujimori, Garcia said in an interview with
local radio station, Radioprogramas.
A week ago, Garcia gave his first televised interview after seven years
exile, raising speculation of a possible return to Peru.
Garcia, 49, has said he plans to run for a seat in Peru's Congress in general
elections in 2000 from exile. Peru's National Elections Board must still
decide if it will accept his candidacy.
When Garcia left office, Peru's economy had collapsed, its foreign reserves
had disappeared, annual inflation topped 7,000 percent and allegations of
government corruption were rampant.