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Peru calls on U.S. to approve extradition of ex-President Toledo

00:00 | Lima, May. 25.

Justice and Human Rights Minister Salvador Heresi called on U.S. authorities to approve the extradition of fugitive ex-President Alejandro Toledo so that he can face Peruvian justice.

According to the government official, the Executive Branch acted quickly to submit the extradition request. Also, he noted the decision of Foreign Affairs Minister Nestor Popolizio to speed up the process.

"The extradition file has to be examined by authorities in the United States. Plus, we call on these authorities, very respectfully, to ensure (former) President Alejandro Toledo is extradited and brought to justice in our country," he pointed out.

Speaking to reporters after the presentation of a study on sexual violence in Peru, Heresi said the Justice Ministry will keep an eye on the actions taken by U.S. authorities.

"We think it's only right and proper that Toledo should take responsibility," he stated.

As for the legal actions brought by Toledo's defense, he explained these resources are used by everybody, although they should not obstruct justice.

"If we want to convey the idea that we need to fight corruption, all ex-presidents and those involved in the Lava Jato scandal must be brought personally to justice," he added.

Case

Toledo is accused of having allegedly received 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.

As a result, Peruvian authorities ordered his preventive detention last year and issued an international arrest warrant for extradition purposes. He is believed to be in the United States.

The ex-President denies said charges and claims to be a victim of political persecution.

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Published: 5/25/2018
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