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Peru Judiciary confirms preventive detention for former President Toledo

LIMA, PERÚ -JULIO 14. Ex – presidente Alejandro Toledo visita la casa del embajador de Francia en Perú, Fabrice Mauriès por celebración del día de la Bastilla. Foto  Andina /Eddy Ramos.

LIMA, PERÚ -JULIO 14. Ex – presidente Alejandro Toledo visita la casa del embajador de Francia en Perú, Fabrice Mauriès por celebración del día de la Bastilla. Foto Andina /Eddy Ramos.

19:09 | Lima, Jul. 3.

Peru's Judiciary on Monday confirmed an 18-month preventive detention order for former President Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006), wife Eliane Karp and other people involved in the Ecoteva case.

The order also includes Israeli entrepreneur Josef Maiman and ex-chief of presidential security team Avi Dan On.

It must be noted the defense of those involved in this case proposed changing the pre-trial detention order to a restricted appearance one.

As is known, the former Head of State was indicted for money laundering in 2013 after irregular real-estate transactions through offshore firm Ecoteva were unveiled. Said company was founded by his mother-in-law Eva Fernenbug.

Ecoteva funds —the source of which remains unclear— were used to buy a series of properties, including Toledo's home in Lima's upper-class neighborhood of Las Casuarinas.

Toledo —already a fugitive from Peruvian justice— is currently overseas along with his wife. He is believed to be in the State of California in the United States.

Toledo-Odebrecht case

The former top official also faces influence peddling and asset laundering charges within the framework of the Odebrecht graft case. 

He was accused of receiving US$20 million in bribes from Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht to secure the Inter-Oceanic Highway contract, a major infrastructure venture connecting Peru and Brazil.  

As a result, the Peruvian Judiciary —last February— ordered his preventive detention for an 18-month period. An arrest warrant was issued at the time, both at national and international levels.

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Published: 7/3/2017
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