Chile's top court rules to extradite Fujimori

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SANTIAGO, Sep 21 (Reuters) Chile's Supreme Court said today it had ruled to extradite Peru's former President Alberto Fujimori to face charges of embezzlement and human rights abuses during the 1990s.

Alberto Chaigneau, president of the courtroom where the extradition case was heard, said magistrates had accepted seven of the 13 points made by Peruvian state prosecutors seeking to bring Fujimori to trial.

The Supreme Court ruling cannot be appealed.

Fujimori, 69, has been in Chile since November 2005, when he was arrested on an international warrant after flying into the country from Japan.

He was apparently planning to launch a political comeback in Peru, where he served two terms as president from 1990 until 2000. His government collapsed in a massive corruption scandal and he fled to exile in Japan.

Peruvian prosecutors want to try Fujimori on charges of embezzling 15 million dollars and using excessive anti-terrorism measures - including allegations of two massacres - to crush Maoist rebel group Shining Path.

But many Peruvians still admire him for capturing Shining Path's top leaders and defeating its insurgency.

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