Peru: Court overturns preventive detention order for ex-President Humala and wife

12:54 | Lima, Apr. 26.

Nationalist Party's supporters are celebrating outside Lima-based Constitutional Court which, according to lawyer Cesar Nakazaki, overturned the preventive detention order that ex-President Ollanta Humala and his wife Nadine Heredia received in July 2017.

As is known, both of them are being investigated for allegedly having received illegal money from corruption-tainted Odebrecht to fund Humala's presidential campaign in 2011.

Within the framework of this investigation, Peruvian Judge Richard Concepcion Carhuancho issued an 18-month preventive detention order against the former presidential couple, which put them behind bars.

According to Nakazaki, the Court ruled in favor of the habeas corpus petition.

"We made it, friends! The Constitutional Court ruled in favor of Ollanta Humala and Nadine Heredia's habeas corpus, so they will be released," he posted on Twitter.

"Following this decision, adequate criteria must be established to stop the abuse of preventive detention," Nakazaki added.

Constitutional Court Head Ernesto Blume confirmed the ruling concerning the habeas corpus petition issued to secure Humala and Heredia's release to face trial out of prison. 

This way, the ruling revokes preventive detention warrant against the couple.

As is known, Ollanta Humala served as President between 2011 and 2016. He was succeeded by Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who resigned the presidency in March 2018. 


Published: 4/26/2018
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