Peru: Lawyer to appeal preventive detention order against ex-President Kuczynski

18:46 | Lima, Apr. 19.

Lawyer Cesar Nakazaki announced he will appeal the preventive detention order issued by the Judicial Branch against his client, ex-President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, over alleged asset laundering charges to the detriment of the Peruvian State.

Nakazaki affirmed the appeal will be submitted within the legal deadline of three days. 

The order was issued by Jorge Chavez Tamariz, head of the Third Preparatory Investigation Court for Corruption Offenses Committed by Public Officials.

"(...) Appealing the decision and waiting for the Appeals Chamber to rule on this issue is the next step," he commented.

According to the attorney, the Appeals Chamber has 48 hours to reach a decision on the matter.

As for Kuczynski's personal secretary Gloria Kisic and driver Jose Luis Bernaola, the Judiciary dismissed the preventive detention request but issued summons to them.

Preliminary detention

On March 10, the Judicial Branch ordered the preliminary detention of Kuczynski over alleged asset laundering crimes to the detriment of the Peruvian State.

Prosecutor Jose Domingo Perez requested the detention of Kuczynski, as evidence indicates that the ex-President was responsible for favoring Odebrecht so it could be awarded the South Interoceanic Highway Project —Stretches 2 and 3— (South IIRSA) and Olmos Irrigation Project, thus obtaining economic benefits from the company.

As is known, Toledo —who resides in the United States— faces an extradition request by the Peruvian State. The justice system ordered 18-month preventive detention for him —in February 2017— after having allegedly received bribes from Odebrecht during his time in office.

Likewise, Kuczynski is accused of money laundering offenses, acting within the framework of a criminal organization, due to the events that took place when he was Economy-Finance Minister and Prime Minister between 2002 and 2006. 

Furthermore, in 2007, the Westfield Capital company —founded by Kuczynski— allegedly received money transfers from South IIRSA —Stretches 2 and 3— and Trasvase Olmos.


Back then, a group of legislators from opposition parties filed a presidential impeachment motion —on the grounds of moral incapacity— after he had survived a previous impeachment vote back in December.

This new motion was intended to oust Kuczynski for alleged links with Odebrecht.


Published: 4/19/2019
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