The Peruvian Public Ministry–Prosecutor's Office has officially launched a preparatory investigation against former President Alejandro Toledo for influence-peddling and money laundering, the Ministry announced on Monday.
It has also launched a preparatory investigation against Toledo's friend Israeli citizen Josef Maiman.
Maiman is investigated as author of the offense in the Odebrecht graft case.
Likewise, an investigation has been launched against former Odebrecht Executive Director in Peru Jorge Barata as primary accomplice.
Former President Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006) has been accused of receiving bribes from corruption-tainted Odebrecht, La Republica newspaper revealed on Friday.
Toledo would have received US$20 million from the Brazilian conglomerate to secure the Inter-Oceanic Highway contract, a source revealed during plea-bargain talks.
On the other hand, Peru 21 newspaper points to Barata as the said source.
Peru and Brazil Prosecutor's Offices information revealed bribery payments to Toledo began in 2005, as he neared the end of this term in office (2001-2006), media reported.