Chilean decision on Fujimori extradition probably by year’s end

(LIP-wb) — A decision by Chilean courts in the extradition process for Peruvian ex-President Alberto Fujimori could be made by the end of 2006, “or just a little bit more”,  said Peruvian lawyer and anti-corruption solicitor Carlos Briceño in Santiago.

The goverment official made these declarations after a meeting with Chilean Supreme Court justice Orlando Alvarez, who is in charge of the extradition process.

“We are at the end of evaluating evidence and testimonies. We can expect a decision at any time, probably by year’s end or just a little bit more”, he emphasized.

The new ad hoc solicitor and the commander of the Extradition Unit of the General Advocate’s Office, Omar Chehade, traveled to Chile on Monday, trying to accelerate the process in the hands of Chilean justice authorities.

Briceño and Chehade are also planning to meet with defense lawyer Alfredo Etcheberry who represents the Peruvian State in Chilean courts.

Peruvian justice filed an extradition request for Fujimori based on two human rights charges and ten corruption cases.
Fujimori was granted provisional freedom in Santiago while the process is solved.