Court orders Fujimori sent back to Peru
SANTIAGO — Chile’s Supreme Court yesterday ordered the extradition of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori to face trial at home for corruption and human rights violations, including accusations that he ordered the death-squad killings of 25 persons.
The ruling is final and cannot be appealed.
Justice Alberto Chaigneau said agreeing on extradition “was much easier than expected” for the court’s criminal panel, which approved the extradition on two human rights charges and five corruption charges stemming from Mr. Fujimori’s 1990-2000 rule. The judge said six of the 13 charges for which Peru requested extradition were denied.
Chile plans to extradite the 69-year-old former ruler to Peru as soon as possible.
At the condominium just north of Santiago where he has been under house arrest since June, Mr. Fujimori called the ruling “for me, an opportunity for return, because my goal during these last few years is to meet the people again.”
Olympic torch to skip island
TAIPEI — The International Olympic Committee said yesterday that negotiations between Taiwan and China on the torch-relay route for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games are at a dead end, and the torch will not be coming to Taiwan.
The announcements end a five-month saga that began when Taiwan turned down a proposal by the Beijing Organizing Committee to place the island next to the Chinese territory of Hong Kong on the prestigious relay route.
Beijing’s proposed 130-day, 85,000-mile route is set to be the longest ever. It will take in five continents and include an attempt to take the flame to the top of Mount Everest.
High-level team visits from Syria
SEOUL — North Korea and Syria held high-level talks yesterday, the state-run news agency said in Pyongyang, amid reports the communist state was secretly helping Damascus to develop a nuclear-weapons facility.
The meeting took place in Pyongyang between Choe Tae-Bok, secretary of the Central Committee of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, and Saaeed Eleia Dawood, director of the organizational department of Syria’s Ba’ath Arab Socialist Party.
Monks march for a fourth day
RANGOON — About 600 Buddhist monks marched through Rangoon yesterday, the fourth straight day of anti-government protests in the largest city of army-ruled Burma.
The maroon-robed monks chanted prayers as they walked from the Shwedagon Pagoda, the holiest shrine in the country, to Rangoon City Hall, where ordinary people linked hands to form a protective ring around them.
They met no opposition from watching plainclothes police.
Aid groups appeal for flood relief
AMURIA DISTRICT — Aid agencies were appealing for millions of dollars yesterday to help more than 1 million Africans affected by deadly floods that have swept across the continent.
The United States planned to send $100,000 for Uganda — one of the hardest-hit countries — and Europe announced more than $15 million in aid for flood victims across 17 countries.
The floods have killed at least 200 persons and displaced hundreds of thousands since the summer in central and eastern Africa.
From wire dispatches and staff reports