Peru protesters demand release of Fujimori

Peru protesters demand release of Fujimori

[JURIST] Over 1,000 demonstrators faced off with riot police in Lima, Peru Thursday, demanding the release of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori [personal website; JURIST news archive]. Fujimori was extradited [JURIST report] to Peru Saturday following the Supreme Court of Chile's decision [JURIST report] last week that Fujimori should be extradited on human rights and corruption charges. Fujimori is accused of approving death squad killings and misusing government funds in Peru.

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 [JURIST report] in Chile after being arrested [JURIST report] in December 2005 after flying into 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]. AFP has more.