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Fujimori prepares for return home
Alberto Fujimori
Mr Fujimori said he was looking forward to going home
Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori has undergone medical tests in Chile in preparation for extradition to his home country.

He is expected to be sent back in the next few hours, although no precise time has been given for the departure.

Hours earlier Chile's Supreme Court approved the repatriation of Mr Fujimori, 69, who faces charges of human rights abuses and corruption.

The ex-leader denies the allegations and has fought extradition since 2005.

2 human rights charges:
Sanctioned death squad killings - 1991 Barrios Altos 15 killed
- 1992 La Cantuta 10 killed
5 corruption charges: including
- embezzling $15m
- payoffs to congress members
- illegal wiretapping

But after the decision was taken he said he was looking forward to going home and having an opportunity to clear his name.

"I am certain and secure in addressing the actions of my government in this trial and will emerge with honour," he said in a radio interview quoted by AFP news agency.

His daughter Keiko, who leads his political movement in Peru's Congress, called for his supporters to rally round and give him the reception a former head of state deserved.

But the BBC's Dan Collyns in Lima says that while Mr Fujimori still has supporters in Peru many more people want to see him in court.

'Crass errors'

Supreme Court judge Alberto Chaigneau told reporters that the court's decision had been based on two charges of human rights violations and five of corruption.

The ruling is final and no further appeals are allowed.

Peruvian Prime Minister Jorge del Castillo said his government would not politicise the case and pledged that Mr Fujimori would be given a fair trial and treated with dignity.

The human rights charges against the former Peruvian leader date back to the early 1990s, when his government was allegedly responsible for killing civilians in the fight against Shining Path Maoist guerrillas.

One of the alleged massacres was at a poor neighbourhood in Lima in 1991 in which 15 people died.

Relatives of people killed Lima's La Cantuta university in 1992 celebrate the extradition of ex-President Alberto Fujimori .
Relatives of students killed in Lima in 1992 hailed the extradition

The second at a dormitory at La Cantuta University in 1992 in which one teacher and nine students were abducted and killed.

Mr Fujimori says the charges against him are politically motivated, and described his extradition as an opportunity to reconnect with his people and clear his name in Peru.

In his first interview after the ruling, Mr Fujimori told Peruvian radio that he had always tried to do what was best for the country:

"I governed Peru for 10 years, through one of its worst periods, and solved most of the problems the country faced such as terrorism and hyperinflation."

However he acknowledged that "some crass errors" had been made by his administration.

Mr Fujimori - the son of Japanese immigrants - led Peru from 1990 to 2000, and fled the country as his term in office drew to a close amid a corruption scandal.

He initially flew to Japan, where he holds dual nationality and is immune from extradition.

Five years later he travelled to Chile in a failed attempt to return to Peru to run in last year's presidential elections.

Mr Fujimori speaks about the allegations against him

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