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Peru: Kenji Fujimori banned from traveling overseas for 18 months

Former Congressman Kenji Fujimori. Photo: ANDINA/Vidal Tarqui.

Former Congressman Kenji Fujimori. Photo: ANDINA/Vidal Tarqui.

12:33 | Lima, Sep. 17.

The Judicial Branch on Thursday issued an order to ban former Congressman Kenji Fujimori from leaving Peru for a period of 18 —within the framework of the investigation into the Mamani Videos case.

The measure —ordered by preparatory investigation Judge Hugo Nuñez— also includes former fellow parliamentarians Guillermo Bocangel and Bienvenido Ramirez, as well as ex-adviser Alexei Toledo.

The request to prevent them from leaving the country had been submitted by the Prosecutor's Office, which is investigating them for alleged generic active bribery and influence peddling.

Fujimori, Ramirez and Bocangel will be obliged to remain in the areas where they reside, and they must go to court on each month's last business day to report their activities.

Likewise, they will be prohibited from communicating with the citizens who have testified or will testify as witnesses in the criminal proceedings.

Furthermore, each defendant must pay an economic bond of S/50,000 (about US$14,136). Concerning Alexei Toledo, he must pay a similar monetary amount.

Mamani Videos

According to transcripts of two videos recorded by former Fuerza Popular (Popular Force) Congressman Moises Mamani, the defendants attempted to persuade him to 
favor then-President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski with his vote, in the face of a second impeachment motion in 2018.

The events date back to the vacancy process initiated against Kuczynski, when the son of Alberto Fujimori allegedly coordinated the purchase of parliamentarians' votes.

This was known due to the secret recording of videos by former Congressman Mamani, who made them public. 
The scandal led to the resignation of the former President.

Mamani died from COVID-19 on August 14, 2020.

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Published: 9/17/2020
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