Monday, July 5, 2004


Fujimori’s daughter weds American

LIMA — Keiko Sofia Fujimori, eldest daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, married her American fiance in a weekend ceremony attended by politicians and supporters of her father, who lives in self-exile in Japan.

“Keiko, Peru needs you,” shouted hundreds of Fujimori supporters outside a Lima church where the 28-year-old business student was given away by her brother, Hiro. Roman Catholic Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, a friend of Mr. Fujimori, officiated.

Miss Fujimori received long, loud applause as she walked up the aisle to marry Mark Vito Villanella, also 28, an American she met in New York, where she is pursuing a graduate business degree at Columbia University.

Mr. Fujimori said in his weekly radio address from Tokyo he was “greatly pained” not to be present. He fled to Japan when a corruption scandal involving his intelligence chief, Vladimiro Montesinos, erupted in 2000. Keiko Fujimori became Peru’s first lady in 1995 after her father divorced her mother, Peruvian lawmaker Susana Higuchi, who attended the wedding.


Caribbean considers recognizing Haiti

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada — Caribbean leaders are to consider recognizing Haiti’s U.S.-backed interim government at a four-day summit that began Sunday, despite concerns over the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Several leaders in the region say it is time to move forward, after persuading the Organization of American States to investigate what Mr. Aristide calls his Feb. 29 “kidnapping” by the United States, which sent troops to Port au Prince and whisked him from Haiti to South Africa.

“We were all troubled when the elected president had to leave the country under some strange circumstances,” Grenadian Prime Minister Keith Mitchell told Parliament on Friday. “However, the reality is that Haiti continues to be a member of the international community and the people there need our support.”

Members of Mr. Aristide’s political party, the Lavalas Family, said Friday they would boycott scheduled elections next year unless Mr. Aristide returns by then.


‘Tourists’ tackle child-prostitute rings

SANTO DOMINGO — In a new effort to break up child-prostitution rings, Dominican authorities are hiring foreigners to pose as tourists seeking sex with minors, a top prosecutor said.

District Attorney Eddy Olivares Ortega said authorities hired an American man to go undercover in June in Boca Chica, a popular beach east of Santo Domingo. Mr. Olivares said the man gathered information that helped authorities arrest three Dominicans who were acting as pimps for 24 children ages 7 to 14.

Prostitution is illegal in the Caribbean nation of 8.8 million people, but it is widespread and largely ignored by police.

Weekly notes

Forty-eight fishermen survived on the open sea for about 11 hours before rescue after their boat was swamped by a large wave in the Caribbean Sea off Nicaragua, authorities said yesterday. “The boat sank slowly, and this enabled the fishermen to abandon ship,” said Uriel Sanchez, a Nicaraguan navy spokesman at Puerto Cabezas. … Venezuelan detectives are posing as beggars to catch someone who beat at least eight homeless persons to death in Caracas last month as they slept on the streets of the capital. The victims, ages 27 to 44, were killed at night by an attacker — dubbed “the Crusher” in newspapers — who bashed in their heads or chests with rocks.

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