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Peru president pledges fair trial for Fujimori

[JURIST] Peruvian President Alan Garcia pledged on Monday to act with fairness during the trial of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori [personal website; JURIST news archive], who was extradited from Chile last week after a Supreme Court of Chile ruling [JURIST report] that he should be transferred to Peru to face human rights and corruption charges. Garcia lauded the court's decision, and promised to fulfill the president's duty "to ensure compliance with the constitution."

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. He was being held under house arrest in Chile after being arrested [JURIST reports] in December 2005 after traveling to Chile 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]. IANS has more.

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