Human rights groups praised the verdict and the possibility of a lengthy jail term for the former Peruvian leader:
"There is nothing comparable to this in modern history," said Jose Miguel Vivanco of Human Rights Watch, who noted that former heads of state have typically argued that they are above the law or successfully petitioned for political asylum to prevent prosecution for human rights crimes.
"In this case a local [Chilean] court used domestic law to grant the extradition of a former head of state for human rights abuses," said Mr. Vivanco, clearly exuberant. "This is unprecedented."
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