Chavez opponent seeks political asylum in Peru

A Peruvian lawyer says Venezuelan opposition leader Manuel Rosales has requested political asylum in Peru.

LIMA, Peru (AP) âÄî A Peruvian lawyer says Venezuelan opposition leader Manuel Rosales has requested political asylum in Peru. Rosales is a leading opponent of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and has been charged with corruption in Venezuela. Rosales says his trial there would not be fair. Lawyer Javier Valle-Riestra told The Associated Press the asylum request for Rosales was made on Tuesday. He said a group of Rosales’ allies contacted him 10 days ago about the case. Rosales went into hiding last month and has since stepped down as mayor of Maracaibo, Venezuela’s second-largest city.