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Peru: Prosecutor opens probe against Keiko Fujimori's husband

Photo: EFE

Photo: EFE

12:32 | Lima, Nov. 7.

Prosecutor Jose Domingo Perez has opened a preparatory investigation against Mark Vito Villanella—Fuerza Popular party leader Keiko Fujimori's husband— for alleged money laundering offenses, Fujimori's attorney Giuliana Loza informed.

The Prosecutor made the decision to start a probe on Villanella for the purchase of two lots south of Lima —worth S/617,329 (around US$183,129)— using alleged illegal funds.

Earlier, the Public Ministry decided to add the case which investigates the contributions —obtained by Fuerza Popular party for the 2016 presidential campaign— to the ongoing inquiry on the 2011 campaign. 


The judge considered the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori posed a high risk of flight, plus this measure would prevent disruptions to the probe. 

The magistrate said there is serious suspicion that Fuerza Popular party leader Fujimori had allegedly participated in money laundering offenses, as the head of a criminal organization within the party.

Additionally, Concepcion Carhuancho confirmed there is a high degree of probability that Odebrecht had paid US$1 million to Keiko Fujimori's 2011 campaign through fake donors and unjustified activities

The magistrate pointed out the money came from the Division of Structured Operations —the Brazilian company's bribery department. Thus, the assets —intended for the campaign— were illegal and derived from unaccounted payments. 

Likewise, this affirmation was supported by former Odebrecht executives' statements given to the authorities through plea bargain deals.

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Published: 11/7/2018