Thousands of Peruvians took to the streets of the capital, Lima, Tuesday to demand the extradition of former President Alberto Fujimori from Chile.

Reports from the scene say the protest was led by human rights groups and labor unions seeking to have the former president returned to Chile, where he faces charges of corruption and of authorizing death squads during his 10-year presidency.

Mr. Fujimori fled to Japan and faxed his resignation letter to Peru in the midst of a corruption scandal in 2000. He was arrested when he traveled to Chile last week.

Meanwhile, the Santiago Court of Appeals Tuesday turned down a motion by a private citizen to free the former president. The citizen's connection to the case was not clear. This means Mr. Fujimori will remain under arrest.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.