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Fujimori Extradited to Peru to Face Human Rights, Corruption Charges


Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, 69, has been extradited to Peru to face charges of corruption and human rights abuse.

Peruvian state television says the plane carrying the 69-year-old former president arrived in the southern Peruvian city of Tacna Saturday, on its way to Lima. Mr. Fujimori had been in Chile since 2005 and was flown to Peru from Santiago early today.

Chile's Supreme Court ruled Friday that he must be sent back to Peru, saying it had agreed to seven of the 13 charges filed by Peruvian prosecutors against him.

Prosecutors in Peru accuse Mr. Fujimori of corruption and sanctioning the killing of 25 people by paramilitary squads during his decade-long presidency, which ended in 2000. He has denied the charges.

The former president had not been back to Peru since the collapse of his government. He spent five years in exile in his ancestral homeland of Japan, then moved to Chile, where he was arrested.

He has spent the last two years fighting extradition.

Human rights groups have hailed the decision to extradite Mr. Fujimori so he can face the charges against him.

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

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