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Chile Wants to Muzzle Fujimori, Save Relations with Peru


Chile's president says her government has asked the Supreme Court to stop former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori from publicly commenting on Peru's presidential elections. Fujimori is in Chile facing possible extradition to Peru.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said Tuesday she has asked her country's top court to warn Fujimori that he could face punishment if he continues to make political statements.

Lima sent a diplomatic note to Santiago on Monday asking the government to stop Fujimori from using Chile to interfere in Peru's presidential elections.

Fujimori was freed on bail last week pending action on an extradition request from Peru. He is wanted on charges of sanctioning the murder of 25 people, human rights abuses, embezzlement and corruption.

Since his release, Fujimori has told reporters he will announce which presidential candidate he favors in a June 4 election runoff.

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

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