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Peru Supreme Court approves extradition request for ex-President Toledo


LIMA, PERÚ -JULIO 14. Ex – presidente Alejandro Toledo visita la casa del embajador de Francia en Perú, Fabrice Mauriès por celebración del día de la Bastilla. Foto  Andina /Eddy Ramos.

LIMA, PERÚ -JULIO 14. Ex – presidente Alejandro Toledo visita la casa del embajador de Francia en Perú, Fabrice Mauriès por celebración del día de la Bastilla. Foto Andina /Eddy Ramos.

11:13 | Lima, Mar. 13.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday approved the extradition request for former President Alejandro Toledo Manrique, who currently resides as a fugitive from Peruvian Justice in the United States and faces an 18-month pretrial detention order.

According to several media outlets, the request was unanimously approved, and it will be made official in the coming hours.

Toledo is accused of receiving US$20 million in bribes from the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht to secure the Inter-Oceanic Highway contract, a major infrastructure venture connecting Peru and Brazil.

It must be noted this transaction was made when he was President of Peru (2001-2006).  

In this sense, the former leader is indicted on charges of collusion, money laundering, and influence peddling.

Thus, Peru's Judiciary Branch asked that Toledo be placed under preventive detention for an 18-month period.

The ex-Peruvian President —who resides in the United States— denies said charges and claims to be a victim of political persecution.

Following the Supreme Court’s approval, the extradition request must be approved by the Council of Ministers and then submitted by the Foreign Affairs Ministry to the pertinent U.S. authorities for evaluation.

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Published: 3/13/2018