Chile sends official to Peru for Fujimori

Nov. 7, 2005 at 8:27 PM
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SANTIAGO, Chile, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Peruvian officials arrived in Chile Monday to discuss the possible extradition of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori.

The ex-Peruvian leader, who was president from 1990 to 2000, was arrested by Chilean police Sunday just hours after he arrived in Santiago, on his way to Peru to run for president again.

Fujimori will be detained until Chile decides whether or not to extradite him. The country's relations with Peru are tense since Lima passed a law last week granting it rights over sea territory also claimed by Santiago, El Mercurio reported Monday online.

The 67-year-old politician, wanted for alleged corruption and human rights abuses in his home country, said he had planned a short stay in Chile before returning to Peru to "keep a promise with a large part of the people of Peru" to make a bid for the presidency in 2006.

Fujimori was living in Japan since his flight from Peru, where he faces charges of corruption and ordering the killing of 25 suspected Shining Path guerrillas. He denies all charges against him.

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