Chile orders Fujimori back to Peru. What about De Soto ?
Massimo A. Allamandola
suburbanstudio at runbox.com
Fri Sep 21 21:08:16 BST 2007
With the vote in Chile to extradite Fujmori back to Peru to face charges on human rights abuse and
corruption, would be a good time to look at his closest allies and
One of them was, in fact, Mr.Hernando de Soto,
Fujimori's Personal Representative and Principal Advisor for many years...
Would be a good idea to start challenging "formally" and with a UNITED VOICEthe Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor... they will be publishingits final report in spring 2008.... http://legalempowerment.undp.org/
In particularly when , in the introduction of his book - Who Owns the WorldKevin Cahill pledges Desoto for his ideas to help the poor ...
here I quote Kevin Cahill :
<< I am also concerned that there is no mention of De Soto, who has a
proposal on the table for improving the lot of the poor and some figures to go with it. The importance of his work is the investigations he has made into how tenure operates, especially in poor countries>>.
Is Kevin Cahill a covered NEO-LIBERAL or he just does not understand the extent of the visceral neo-liberal pro poor policies
that Desoto and the World Bank are trying to advocate ?
What people think ?
Contracts and properties law will NOT liberate the 'frozen capital' of poor people,allowing them to invest confidently and gain access to the credit market, but rather helping more poor to become poorer in the SUB-Prime Collapsing market and more bankers to speculate on the poor....
Commission for the Legal Speculation of the Poor
Chile orders Fujimori back to Peru
Jonathan Franklin in Santiago
Friday September 21, 2007
The Supreme Court in Chile today voted to extradite the former Peruvian
president Alberto Fujimori back to Peru where he will face two charges
of human rights crimes and five charges of corruption.
In a long-delayed vote, the court overturned a previous lower court
ruling and approved the extradition petition filed by the Peruvian
This decision was final and Mr Fujimori was expected to be placed under
arrest and flown to Peru immediately.
Under the terms of the extradition treaty between Chile and Peru, the
Peruvian courts will only be permitted to try Mr Fujimori for the crimes
for which he was extradited.
Mr Fujimori faces four years in prison for each corruption charge and up
to 25 years imprisonment for the human rights charges.
Human rights groups in Peru and New York celebrated the decision,
calling it a "landmark decision".
"There is nothing comparable to this in modern history," said Jose
Miguel Vivanco of Human Rights Watch, who noted that former heads of
state have typically argued that they are above the law or successfully
petitioned for political asylum to prevent prosecution for human rights
"In this case a local [Chilean] court used domestic law to grant the
extradition of a former head of state for human rights abuses," said Mr
Vivanco, clearly exuberant. "This is unprecedented."
The extradition of Mr Fujimori, 69, ends a seven-year saga for the
controversial ex-president who fled Peru in 2000, after ruling the
country for 10 years.
Mr Fujimori, the son of Japanese immigrants, deserted the presidency
during an Apec conference in Brunei. He then flew to Tokyo where he
moved into a hotel and faxed in his resignation as president. In Japan,
Mr Fujimori claimed citizenship and was thus protected from extradition
Mr Fujimori's regime covered a volatile period in Peruvian history.
Faced with economic chaos and a rising guerrilla threat, he took
extraordinary steps to centralise power in the executive branch.
While many Peruvians thank him for defeating the bloodthirsty guerrillas
Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path), Mr Fujimori is also accused of stealing
millions of dollars from the government while allowing the operations of
a secret death squad - a battalion of army intelligence officers known
as the "Colina Group".
Crimes by the Colina Group are at the centre of the human rights charges
for which Mr Fujimori was today extradited.
He arrived unannounced in Chile in November 2005 in a private jet with a
meticulous media strategy for launching his political comeback.
That move, however, was ruined by Chilean authorities who immediately
arrested him at the airport and placed him in a Santiago jail. During
his time in Chile, Mr Fujimori ran an unsuccessful campaign for the
For the past 3 months, Mr Fujimori has lived under house arrest in
Chicureo, a suburb on the northern edge of Santiago.
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