Peru Prosecutor: New accusation favors extradition request against ex-President Toledo

14:18 | Lima, Jun. 18.

Lava Jato Case Special Prosecution Group Coordinator Rafael Vela on Tuesday affirmed the new accusation submitted against ex-President Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006) over money laundering offenses —within the framework of the Ecoteva Case— favors the first extradition request Peru sent to the United States' authorities.

In this sense, Vela explained this second charge and new extradition request against Toledo is intended for the trial phase of the case, and not the investigation stage, like the first request sent to the United States over the bribes paid to him by Odebrecht. 

According to him, there are precedents, in which the U.S. justice approved extradition requests for the trial phase —unlike the petitions for the investigation stage due to the presumption of innocence principle. 

Likewise, Vela indicated the new charge and extradition request over the Ecoteva Case includes acquisitions of properties —worth millions— paid by Toledo with money he had allegedly received from Odebrecht as bribes while in office.

Furthermore, the prosecutor ruled out not having objective evidence to request Toledo's extradition and recalled two collaborators —Israeli businessman Josef Maiman and ex-Odebrecht representative in Peru Jorge Barata— have confirmed that the ex-President had indeed received bribes

He also pointed out there is evidence proving that Toledo and his wife Eliane Karp had received the illegal money. Plus, proof obtained by the Prosecutor's Office indicates both of them had paid property mortgages with this money. 

"Toledo has every right to defend himself. What we seek is that, through an extradition mechanism, he can come here to stand a fair trial," Vela concluded. 

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As is known, the Brazilian construction giant admitted to having paid millions in bribes to government officials in Peru, in order to secure public-works contracts.

As a result, Odebrecht benefited from over US$143 million between 2005 and 2014 in Peru, according to the U.S. Justice Department. 

In addition, four ex-Presidents have been linked to the Brazilian company such as: Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006), Alan Garcia (2006-2011), Ollanta Humala (2011-2016), and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (2016-2018)


Published: 6/18/2019
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