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Peru president slams Chilean judges over Fujimori case
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10:44, September 12, 2007

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Peruvian President Alan Garcia on Tuesday slammed Chile's judges for postponing their verdict on whether former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori should be extradited to face corruption and human rights charges at home.

"They are draggling their feet over this ruling," said Garcia in response to Chile's delay over the case.

Chile's Supreme Court said earlier Tuesday that it will not hand down its verdict in the case of Fujimori's extradition before a national holiday that ends on Sept. 19.

The court's five judges will announce whether they uphold or reverse the verdict of Supreme Court Judge Orlando Alvarez who rejected Peru's extradition request in July.

Garcia, however, said he was confident that the Chilean judges would support Peru's extradition request.

"We trust the judges' legal spirit," said Garcia, who is a trained lawyer himself.

Chilean media said the judges have chosen not to rule on the corruption charges against Fujimori, but the human rights accusations may be enough to warrant an extradition.

Fujimori, Peru's president from 1990 to 2000, is currently under house arrest in an exclusive condominium in the Chicureo locality, on the outskirts of the Chilean capital. He arrived in Chile in November 2005, ending a five-year exile in Japan.

During his stay in Chile, Fujimori unsuccessfully ran for the Japanese Senate. He holds both Japanese and Peruvian nationalities.

Source: Xinhua

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