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Peru high court delays ex-president Fujimori trial until mid-December

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Peru [official website, in Spanish] delayed the trial of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Monday, granting a request by Fujimori's lawyers for additional preparation time and setting the new trial date for December 10. Fujimori is facing human rights charges for the 1992 murder of 25 people, and if convicted, could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison and be subjected to a fine of $33 million.

In September, Chilean authorities transferred Fujimori [JURIST report] to Peru after the Supreme Court of Chile allowed the extradition [ruling, PDF; JURIST report]. Fujimori will face four separate proceedings [JURIST report] in Peruvian courts, and in addition to the human rights charges, he will be tried on abuse of power and corruption charges for allegedly misusing government funds during his tenure as President from 1990-2000. AFP has more.

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