The Straits Times
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Published on Nov 14, 2012
 

New corruption trial ordered for Peru's Fujimori

 
 

LIMA (AP) - Peru's jailed former president Alberto Fujimori faces trial for allegedly misappropriating nearly US$50 million (S$) in public funds to bankroll a group of tabloids that lobbied for his re-election during his final years in office.

The trial received the go-ahead on Tuesday from Chile's high court, which agreed to expand the terms of Fujimori's 2007 extradition. Fujimori was arrested in Chile trying to return to Peru from Japan to stage a political comeback. The 74-year-old is already serving 25 years for authorising death squad murders and corruption. If convicted in the new case, he would not face more jail time as sentences in Peru run concurrently.

The decision comes a month after Fujimori's children asked that he be pardoned for health reasons. There is no evidence he is near death, however.