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Peru: Prosecutor's Office representative to attend detained ex-President Toledo hearing

12:11 | Lima, Jul. 18.

Peru's Justice and Human Rights Minister Vicente Zeballos has affirmed a Public Ministry representative will be present at the bail hearing of ex-President Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006) on July 19 in the United States, within the framework of an extradition process against him.

Toledo has been residing in the State of California.

Based on the U.S. judicial system, the District Attorney will become the representative of the Peruvian State, he said.

However, the Peruvian Government also hired Foley Hoag law firm, so its members can provide advice. 

"It (the law firm), authorized by the Peruvian State, is following up on the progress of the procedure and informing about the status of the progress that has been made," he expressed. 


The Peruvian Public Ministry's International Judicial Cooperation and Extraditions Unit (UCJIE) informed the bail hearing of the ex-President has been scheduled for July 19 at 10:30 AM (local time) in the State of California. 

Toledo detained in the U.S.

As is known, former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo was arrested in the United States by an extradition order against him, within the framework of the investigations over alleged corruption offenses in the awarding of the South Interoceanic Highway Project to Brazilian company Odebrecht.

UCJIE Head Senior Prosecutor Celia Goicochea indicated the detention took place on July 16 at 6:30 AM (local time) in the State of California


After U.S. authorities' questions were addressed, the Department of Justice notified the Public Ministry's UCJIE on July 2 that the arrest order was being prepared in order to extradite the ex-President. 

"It is a favorable result, as the judicial phase will start," she said.

Finally, the Peruvian prosecutor thanked her counterpart in the United States, for the valuable cooperation in the monitoring of the extradition file and the permanent communication with the national authority.

Click here to read the facts of the extradition request against Toledo.

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Published: 7/18/2019
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