Authorities in Peru have reacted angrily to news that the Supreme Court in Chile has granted bail to Alberto Fujimori. The former Peruvian President was being held pending lengthy extradition proceedings over claims of human rights abuses and corruption. The 67-year-old, who denies all wrongdoing, told the media he felt confident and was going to be patient.
Fujimori came to Chile unexpectedly in November from Japan, where he had spent five years in an attempt to avoid prosecution in Peru following the collapse of his 1990-2000 government. In Lima, the President of the Congressional Justice Commission described it as a triumph for Fujimori. He said that it obligates the Peruvian justice system and the prosecutors to multiply their efforts. Under his bail conditions, Fujimori cannot leave Chile without permission from the court but for human rights activists and lawyers for the Peruvian state there is still a risk he could flee the country.