Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori has been extradited from Chile to face human rights abuse charges in the country he ruled for 10 years. He is now being held in custody ahead of a trial that will also see him answer charges of stealing public money. Fujimori was detained in Chile two years ago on an international warrant. The case has deeply divided Peru. Fujimori’s supporters took to the streets expressing the hope that he would be cleared and free to mount a political comeback as he’d planned.
Some Peruvians admire him for the tough action he took against Maoist rebels and for ending hyperinflation. But his opponents regard him as a corrupt despot who plundered state funds for himself and his allies. He left office months into his third term when his government collapsed under a huge corruption scandal. He faxed his resignation from Japan, his parents’ homeland where he had fled. With emotions running high the government of current President Alan Garcia has urged people not to let the pending trial divide them further.