Peru: Prosecutor requests 36-month preventive detention of former First Lady, ex-ministers

00:00 | Lima, Mar. 12.

Peru's Public Ministry submitted to the Judiciary a request for the preventive detention of former First Lady Nadine Heredia (2011-2016) for a period of 36 months, Lava Jato Case Special Prosecution Group Coordinator Rafael Vela has informed.

The request also includes former Ministers Luis Miguel Castilla (Economy-Finance) and Eleodoro Mayorga (Energy-Mines) over the Southern Gas Pipeline Case. Both of them are under investigation —along with the wife of former President Ollanta Humala (2011-2016)— 
for having allegedly favored Brazilian company Odebrecht with the project concession.

Prosecutor Geovanna Mori —who recently ordered the formalization and continuation of the preparatory investigation on Heredia, Castilla, Mayorga and other former officials of the Humala administration— submitted the request to the Judicial Branch.

According to the Public Ministry, the former First Lady acted as a "de facto official" to favor Odebrecht with the project. Therefore, she —along with her husband— allegedly led an organization embedded in the central government.

Speaking to reporters in the Brazilian city of Curitiba, Vela did not provide further details on the request already presented by Prosecutor Mori.
Travel ban

The magistrate declared well founded the prosecutor's requirement to prohibit former Ministers Jorge Merino, Rene Cornejo, and Carlos Paredes from traveling overseas.

It also included former ProInversion official Edgar Ramirez and former Deputy Callao Region Governor Constantino Galarza. 

Collaboration agreement
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.

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). 

Former presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori —currently under preventive detention— also allegedly received money from Odebrecht for her 2011 campaign.


Published: 3/12/2020
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