Chile judge refuses release of ex-Peru president Fujimori

[JURIST] Chilean judge Orlando Alvarez on Tuesday refused to release former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori [personal website; JURIST news archive] from custody while the judge considers an extradition request for Fujimori [JURIST report]. The decision means Fujimori, who is being held at an school for corrections officers, will remain in that secure location rather than walk free or move to house arrest while the Chilean court decides whether to extradite Fujimori to Peru where he faces 12 charges [JURIST report], including authorizing an illegal death squad, abuse of power, and corruption.

Fujimori fled to Japan in 2000 amidst corruption and human rights allegations for activities during his presidency in the 1990s. In November 2005, Fujimori arrived in Chile where he planned to campaign for the presidency of Peru despite having been banned from holding public office [JURIST report] until 2010. He was arrested in Chile and detained at Peru's request [JURIST report]. AP has more. From Santiago, La Nacion has local coverage.



 

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