Chile high court orders Fujimori extradition to Peru

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Chile ruled [PDF text; press release] Friday that former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori [personal website; JURIST news archive] should be extradited to Peru to face human rights charges. The much anticipated decision was expected earlier this month, but suffered delays [JURIST report] due to the health of one Supreme Court justice. Fujimori is accused of approving death squad killings and misusing government funds in Peru. The Chilean government said it would extradite Fujimori within 24 hours [Bloomberg report] of the high court's order.

The Supreme Court's review came after Peru filed an appeal of a lower court's ruling [JURIST reports] denying the government's request for extradition. 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 report]. AP has more. La Nacion has local coverage, in Spanish.

 

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