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Chilean Court Refuses Second Request to Free Fujimori


A Chilean court has rejected a second request to free former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori, who was arrested at Peru's request when he arrived in Chile last week.

The Santiago Court of Appeals Tuesday turned down the motion made by a private citizen, whose connection to the case was not clear. This means the former president will remain under arrest.

Mr. Fujimori fled to Japan and faxed his resignation letter to Peru in the midst of a corruption scandal five years ago. He was arrested when he traveled to Chile last week. If returned to Peru, he faces charges of corruption and of authorizing death squads.

Japan's foreign ministry said today that Peru has withdrawn its ambassador to Tokyo, after a Japanese consular official visited Mr. Fujimori in detention. Lima views the move as interference in Mr. Fujimori's extradition process, but Tokyo insists it is not treating the former president differently than any other of its nationals.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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