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Chilean judge questions Fujimori
Alberto Fujimori
Mr Fujimori wants to run for Peru's presidency this year
A Chilean judge has questioned detained former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori about corruption and rights abuse charges facing him in Peru.

Judge Orlando Alvarez, who questioned Mr Fujimori for four hours in Santiago, must decide whether to recommend his extradition to Peru.

Mr Fujimori fled to Japan in 2000 but came to Chile last November with a view to challenging for Peru's presidency.

However, Peru has now banned him from running until 2011.

'No complaints'

Court spokesman Miguel Gonzales said the judge's visit to the detention centre would be the "first of various interrogations".

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He said Mr Fujimori had "no complaints" about his treatment in Chile.

The judge must examine 12 boxes of evidence before ruling on Peru's extradition request.

Mr Fujimori has appealed against the decision by Peru's national electoral agency that he cannot stand in the 9 April presidential poll.

He fled to Japan in 2000 after his government was mired in a corruption scandal but denies any wrongdoing and says the charges against him are politically motivated.

The former president is a divisive figure in Peruvian society.

To some he is a saviour of a country on the verge of economic collapse and racked by political violence.

Others see him as a corrupt authoritarian strongman who rode roughshod over Peru's democratic institutions.



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