Thursday, July 12, 2007

Chile's high court rejects extradition of ex-president

San Jose Mercury News:
SANTIAGO, Chile - Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori won a surprise victory Wednesday when a Chilean Supreme Court judge ruled that the ex-leader cannot be extradited to Peru to face human rights and corruption charges.

Judge Orlando A`lvarez said Peruvian prosecutors had failed to prove that Fujimori was directly involved in death squad killings, and he added that the charges were based on 'mere speculations or hearsay.' ...

Human rights activists and relatives of death squad victims denounced the ruling and accused the judge of ignoring ample evidence pinning the blame for the killings on Fujimori. ...

Chilean courts have a history of denying extradition requests.

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