Peru: Four former presidents have been jailed at Barbadillo Prison

From left to right: Alejandro Toledo, Ollanta Humala, Pedro Castillo, and Alberto Fujimori.

From left to right: Alejandro Toledo, Ollanta Humala, Pedro Castillo, and Alberto Fujimori.

12:00 | Lima, May. 6.

In recent years, four former presidents of Peru have been incarcerated at Barbadillo Penitentiary Center, in Lima's Ate district, to serve a sentence or as a pre-trial detention measure.

Find out who they are and the charges they face.

The latest former top official to be admitted to that jail was recently-extradited Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006). Thus, he became part of the group of former Heads of State who have been held at said penitentiary center, along with Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000), Ollanta Humala (2011-2016), and Pedro Castillo (2021-2022).

Alberto Fujimori

Alberto Kenya Fujimori Fujimori ruled the South American country from July 1990 to November 2000.

The sentence was given once he was found guilty as mediate perpetrator of the crimes of homicide, serious injuries, and kidnapping in the Barrios Altos and La Cantuta Cases, which left 25 people dead between 1991 and 1992.

In addition, Fujimori was imposed a sentence of six years in prison and two years of disqualification from holding public office for the crime of usurpation of functions over the illegal raid on the home of Trinidad Becerra —wife of his presidential adviser Vladimiro Montesinos.

The former Head of State was also imposed a six-year sentence for crimes against public administration, embezzlement, and active bribery due to the Service Time Compensation (CTS) payment of US$15 million to Montesinos.

Pedro Castillo

Jose Pedro Castillo Terrones was President of Peru from July 2021 to December 2022.

Similarly, Castillo Terrones is being investigated for the crime of influence peddling involving family members and for being the alleged leader of a criminal organization during his tenure.

Alejandro Toledo

Alejandro Toledo Manrique ruled Peru between July 2001 and July 2006.

Similarly, Toledo Manrique was accused of having received a payment worth US$6 million in exchange for the Intersur consortium winning the tender for stretch 4 of the same public work (project).

Ollanta Humala

Ollanta Moises Humala Tasso was President of Peru from July 2011 to July 2016.

Both the former president and his wife, Nadine Heredia, are involved in the Lava Jato case, whose oral trial stage began in 2022.

The former Head of State, together with the former First Lady, went through Barbadillo Prison in 2017 to serve 18-month pre-trial detention over the alleged crime of aggravated money laundering.

According to the Prosecutor's Office, both would have received money for the Nationalist Party from Venezuela's former President, Hugo Chavez, to finance the political campaign back then.

The Public Ministry claims this money would have been used to finance Humala's presidential campaigns, using false contributors for said purpose.


Published: 5/6/2023