U.S. Judge to decide if ex-President Toledo is released on bail

Photo: AFP

Photo: AFP

13:00 | San Francisco (U.S.), Sep. 11.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Hixson will decide on September 12 if he accepts the request made by the defense of ex-President Alejandro Toledo —who is wanted in Peru over corruption charges— to release him on bail during the extradition process.

Likewise, it provided more time to Assistant U.S. Attorney Elise LaPunzina so she could present alternatives to solitary confinement. 

Last Tuesday, it was reported Toledo's defense may have offered a US$1 million bail with the purpose of regaining his freedom. 

According to local media outlets, US$10,000 would be paid in cash and two properties of close friends would be given as warranty.

Furthermore, in a statement sent to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, LaPunzina pointed out Toledo himself asked for the special security measures in jail, which include solitary confinement. 

July Audience

Toledo's attorney was Joseph P. Russoniello on that occasion.

According to Peruvian El Comercio newspaper, LaPunzina indicated the ex-President did not prove that he complies with the special conditions to be released on bond and underlined there is a considerable risk of flight.

After listening to the arguments, U.S. Magistrate Judge Hixson asked if the money found in Toledo's house was intended for escaping.

His wife Eliane Karp —who was born in Europe and became First Lady of Peru (2001-2006)— was also present at the bail hearing.

According to the Peruvian Prosecutor's Office, Toledo received up to US$35 million in bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht to favor it during his presidency (2001-2006) with the concession of the South Interoceanic Highway. With this money, the former president paid mortgages and properties in Peru.

Toledo detained in the U.S.

As is known, former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo was arrested in the United States by an extradition order against him, within the framework of the investigations over alleged corruption offenses in the awarding of the South Interoceanic Highway Project to Brazilian company Odebrecht.

The Peruvian Public Ministry's International Judicial Cooperation and Extraditions Unit (UCJIE) Head Senior Prosecutor Celia Goicochea indicated the detention took place on July 16, 2019, at 6:30 AM (local time) in the State of California.

After U.S. authorities' questions were addressed, the Department of Justice notified the Public Ministry's UCJIE on July 2 that the arrest order was being prepared in order to extradite the ex-President.

Click here to read the facts of the extradition request against Toledo.


Published: 9/11/2019