The Peruvian Judicial Branch on Thursday ruled in favor of reducing the preventive detention of former presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori from 36 to 18 months.
The recent decision means the Fuerza Popular leader will remain in prison, but for a reduced period of time, within the framework of the investigation on the Odebrecht case.
Temporary Supreme Judge Susana Castañeda casted the fourth and decisive vote needed to issue a verdict on the cassation appeal submitted by Fujimori's lawyer Giuliana Loza.
Back then, the Judicial Branch had declared well-founded the request made by the Prosecutor's Office to imprison Fujimori because of the danger of obstruction of justice that implied keeping her free.
After having fled to Japan and traveled to Chile —from where he was extradited to Peru— the Fujimori patriarch was sentenced for crimes against human rights and corruption committed during his term in office.