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Peru: Ex-President Toledo charged, new extradition order requested

00:00 | Lima, Jun. 18.

Lava Jato Case Special Prosecution Group Coordinator Rafael Vela on Monday formally charged ex-President Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006) over money laundering offenses —within the framework of the Ecoteva Case— and submitted a new extradition request against him.

In this sense, the prosecutor requested a term of 16 years and 8 months in prison for the ex-Head of State.

The accusation includes ex-First Lady Eliane Karp, as well as former presidential security team head Avraham Dan On and his son Shai Dan On. 

According to the prosecutor, the charge is based on the information provided by Israeli entrepreneur Josef Maiman —Toledo's ex-friend— who gave his statement in March to the Lava Jato case prosecutors, within the framework of a collaboration agreement. 

In this sense, Maiman confirmed he had used his bank accounts to make money transfers from Odebrecht to the ex-President, as part of the bribes paid by the Brazilian company to secure the Inter-Oceanic Highway contract. 

Likewise, Maiman gave details to the Prosecutor's Office on how he had sent the money to Toledo

The ex-President bought properties in Peru and paid the mortgage of his home located in the upper-class Casuarinas neighborhood and northern Punta Sal beach district with the illegal funds—which surpassed US$21 million


Collaboration agreement
       
As is known, the Brazilian construction giant admitted to having paid millions in bribes to government officials in Peru, in order to secure public-works contracts.

As a result, Odebrecht benefited from over US$143 million between 2005 and 2014 in Peru, according to the U.S. Justice Department. 

In addition, four ex-Presidents have been linked to the Brazilian company such as: Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006), Alan Garcia (2006-2011), Ollanta Humala (2011-2016), and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (2016-2018)

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Published: 6/18/2019
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