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Peru will accept Chile court ruling on Fujimori extradition: PM

[JURIST] Peruvian Prime Minister Jorge del Castillo [official website] said Wednesday that Peru will accept a ruling by the Chilean Supreme Court on whether Chile will extradite former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori [personal website; JURIST news archive], emphasizing that Peru will not interfere with the judicial proceedings to avoid the appearance that it is politically persecuting Fujimori. Last Friday, Chilean Supreme Court judge Urbano Marin Vallejo ordered the house arrest of Fujimori [JURIST report] pending the Supreme Court's review of a recommendation by Chile's chief prosecutor that Fujimori be extradited [JURIST report] in accordance with a request by Peru [JURIST report].

Fujimori, who was president of Peru from 1990 to 2000, 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 his 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. Xinhua has more.

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