Wednesday, February 02, 2005

ICJ Watch: Peru Will Sue Japan for Fujimori

Peru has announced it will bring an application to the International Court of Justice seeking to force Japan to turn over former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori to face corruption charges. I've heard rumors about Peru bringing such a case for years but I never figured out what the legal basis would be because Peru and Japan do not have an extradition treaty and Fujimori is certainly not accused of anything rising to the level of serious war crimes and/or human rights violations. Still, I wonder if this case will result in yet another major power (Japan) withdrawing its acceptance of the ICJ's compulsory jurisdiction.