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Chilean court extradites ex-Peruvian President Fujimori
by wsws (reposted)
Thursday Sep 27th, 2007 7:33 AM
Thursday, September 27, 2007 :Peru’s ex-President Alberto Fujimori arrived in Lima as a prisoner on Saturday September 22, after being extradited from Chile to face charges of corruption and violations of human rights during his decade in office between 1990 and 2000. Some 500 of his supporters waited for him at the Jorge Chavez International Airport, but the Peruvian police plane that transported him landed at the Las Palmas naval base in Surco, south of the capital.
Minutes later he was transferred to the Directorate of Special Operations (Diroes), where Fujimori will remain over the coming weeks.

According to the local press, more than 240 police will guard the perimeter of the Diroes facility to prevent access by either his sympathizers or by those who accuse him of ordering the deaths of their relatives.

The prison of the ex-president is in the area of the naval officers club and has a view of the pool and the base’s sports field. A Lima daily reports that Fujimori’s cell “can in no way be compared to the conditions facing other prisoners in normal jails as it has sanitary facilities, a shower, running water and television. It is believed that it also has a telephone line and Internet.”

In a 212-page decision issued on September 21, the Chilean Supreme Court decided to accede to the demand for extradition. The review came after Peru filed an appeal of a lower Chilean court’s ruling denying Lima’s request for extradition. The Chilean judges’ decision cannot be appealed. Chilean Supreme Court judge Alberto Chaigneau said the court’s extradition decision had been based on two charges of human rights violations and five of corruption.

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