Chile court rules to extradite Peru's Fujimori

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

In a surprise decision which contradicted an earlier ruling by one of its own judges, the top Chilean court said it had accepted seven of the 13 points made by Peruvian state prosecutors seeking to bring Fujimori to trial.

Alberto Chaigneau, president of the courtroom where the extradition case was heard, said that in the two most controversial cases, involving alleged human rights abuses, the Supreme Court's decision was unanimous.

The 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 million 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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