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Peru hires top U.S. law firm to handle extradition cases

Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores , Cancilleria Foto: ANDINA/Norman Córdova

Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores , Cancilleria Foto: ANDINA/Norman Córdova

17:00 | Lima, Jul. 13.

The Government of Peru —through its Embassy in the United States— has hired prestigious U.S. law firm Foley Hoag to assist the State in its various extradition procedures in the North American nation, the Inca country’s Foreign Affairs Ministry informed Thursday.

The hiring was endorsed by Peru's Ministries of Justice and of Foreign Affairs considering the firm's extensive legal experience in international legal cooperation cases in the United States. 

Such experience was evidenced by the recent detention of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli on U.S. soil for extradition purposes, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a release.
 
As is known, procurement of U.S. lawyers had been previously announced by Peruvian Justice Minister Maria Soledad Perez Tello.

The Peruvian Government thus expects to guarantee a successful outcome to its different extradition requests, particularly the one submitted against former President Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006).

The ex-Head of State is currently a fugitive from justice wanted on influence peddling and money laundering charges within the framework of the massive Odebrecht corruption scandal. 

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Published: 7/13/2017
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