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Chile high court delays decision on extradition of Peru ex-president Fujimori

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Chile put the question of whether to extradite former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori [personal website; JURIST news archive] on hold Tuesday as the court could not come to an agreement on further action in the case. Supreme Court President Alberto Chaigneau said that the case was very complex, and that the court had only reviewed one of the 12 counts against Fujimori. A decision is expected by September 5, when Chaigneau will leave the country for an international conference.

The review is a result of Peru's filing of an appeal to a lower court's ruling denying the government's request for extradition [JURIST reports]. Fujimori served as president of Peru from 1990 to 2000 and is currently under house arrest [JURIST report] in Chile. He was arrested in Chile [JURIST report] in December 2005 after flying into that country from Japan to campaign for the Peruvian presidency, despite having been officially banned from holding public office until 2010 [JURIST report]. He is currently running for a seat in the Japanese parliament [JURIST reports]. Xinhua has more.

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