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Fujimori Denied Release as He Awaits Extradition Decision


A Chilean judge has denied another request by former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori to be let out of detention while he awaits possible extradition to Peru.

Fujimori's lawyer had appealed an earlier decision to keep him in custody rather than release him on bail or place him under house arrest. The ruling said he could be a danger to society if freed.

Chile is considering whether to send Fujimori to Peru for trial. He is accused of human rights abuses and corruption during his 10 years in office. In 2000, in the midst of a financial scandal, Fujimori fled to Japan and resigned from there.

He was arrested at the Santiago airport in early November. He said he was returning to South America to make a new bid for the Peruvian presidency.

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