- The Washington Times - Monday, April 30, 2001

Front-running Peruvian presidential candidate Alejandro Toledo has called on the United States to hand over secret documents that may reveal stolen wealth and other crimes by former President Alberto Fujimori and his missing intelligence chief, Vladimiro Montesinos.
"I hope the United States will help us develop some information to help the judicial system do a faster and better job," Mr. Toledo said.
While not seeking "revenge" against Mr. Fujimori and Mr. Montesinos and their supporters, Mr. Toledo said he rejected "impunity," and that Japan could not "hide" Mr. Fujimori, who has enjoyed asylum there since November.
Mr. Toledo said he supported the creation of a truth commission to disclose abuses during Mr. Fujimoris years of authoritarian rule.
In Peru over the weekend, the head of a congressional commission accused the two fugitive leaders of stealing $2 billion, some in gold bars from the national bank.
Chairman David Waisman said Mr. Fujimori and Mr. Montesinos may have each run his own corruption network. A special prosecutor was to bring charges of theft of state property today against Mr. Fujimori.
Mr. Montesinos remains the target of the biggest manhunt in Latin America and was last reported to be in Venezuela for plastic surgery to change his appearance.
Mr. Toledo, who would be the first Peruvian of ethnic Indian ancestry to lead the nation in 500 years, said, "We must never permit that what happened in the last 10 years in Peru to happen again in Latin America."
He said there is a threat in two or three other countries of this happening. Mr. Toledo said his campaign in the runoff election, to be held in late May or early June, will focus on reminding voters that his opponent, former President Alan Garcia, left the country's economy in ruins after his 1985-1990 term in office.
"Just give me two days when I go back and we will refresh the memories of Peruvians what it was like when Garcias government was in power," Mr. Toledo said Friday at a joint meeting in Washington of the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute.
"If I am elected, we will not produce 2 million percent inflation. I will not isolate my country from the international community."
While in power, Mr. Garcia refused to pay all the countrys international debts, leading to its isolation by international banks and institutions. Mr. Toledo also recalled that Mr. Garcia's currency controls allowed some Peruvians to rob the countrys wealth.
"We will not change the rules of the game in the middle of the game," said Mr. Toledo, a former World Bank official with a doctorate from Stanford University, in an effort to reassure foreign investors.
He told supporters of democracy that Perus democracy remains "fragile."
"We need to be very careful not to throw away what we have accomplished," he said.
Perus military is under scrutiny since the airing of secret videos taken by Mr. Montesinos. Some videos showed all senior officers signing pledges to support the Fujimori regime, to back a 1992 coup and to oppose any efforts to prosecute human rights abuses. The three top military leaders were replaced last week.
The latest polls showed Mr. Toledo 17 points ahead of Mr. Garcia, who is counting on his talents as an orator to continue a surprising surge that made him the second-place finisher in the first round of balloting earlier this month.
Mr. Toledo said that despite the "pretty speech" of Mr. Garcia, Peruvians would be reminded that the former president has chosen the same economic advisers who left the economy in a shambles a decade ago.

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