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Chile Supreme Court judge places Fujimori under house arrest

[JURIST] Chilean Supreme Court judge Urbano Marin Vallejo ordered the house arrest of Alberto Fujimori [personal website; JURIST news archive] Friday, responding to concerns that the former Peruvian President held in Chilean custody since 2005 will try to flee the country. Judge Orlando Antonio Alvarez Hernandez, also on the Supreme Court, is currently reviewing a recommendation by Chile's chief prosecutor that Fujimori be extradited [JURIST report] in accordance with a request by Peru [JURIST report] to be tried for corruption and human rights abuses while in office.

Fujimori, who was president of Peru from 1990 to 2000, has been implicated in the 1992 Cantuta University massacre [Wikipedia backgrounder], in which nine students and a university professor were "disappeared" by the Peruvian military. In 2000, Fujimori fled from Peru to Japan when corruption and human rights allegations surfaced against him. The Japanese government refused Peruvian requests for Fujimori's arrest and extradition despite an Interpol international warrant [press release] for Fujimori's arrest. Fujimori was arrested in Chile [JURIST report] in December 2005 after flying in to campaign for the Peruvian presidency despite having been officially banned from holding public office [JURIST report] until 2010. Reuters has more.

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