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Former Peruvian President Fujimori Freed on Bail in Chile


Chile's Supreme Court has granted provisional bail to former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, while he awaits possible extradition to Peru.

Mr. Fujimori was smiling Thursday as he walked out of prison in Santiago. Earlier the court had ruled that Mr. Fujimori's release was not a threat to society, but it upheld an order that bars him from leaving Chile.

Bail was set at about $3,000.

The former president was detained more than six months ago after arriving in Chile from Japan, where he lived since fleeing Peru and resigning his office in 2000.

Peru is seeking to prosecute Mr. Fujimori for alleged corruption and human rights abuses during his 10-year rule.

He rejected the charges as a plot to derail his plans to run for president again in elections held earlier this year.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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