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Peru: Public Ministry signs collaboration agreement with businessman linked to Toledo

13:37 | Tel Aviv (Israel), Mar. 29.

Peru's Public Ministry on Friday signed a collaboration agreement with Israeli entrepreneur Josef Maiman, within the framework of the investigation on former President Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006).

Said accord was inked at the Peruvian Embassy in Israel, with the participation of Prosecutors Rafael Vela and Jose Domingo Perez —members of the Inca country's Lava Jato Case Special Prosecution Group. 

On the occasion, they were joined by Deputy Prosecutor Marilyn Vega. 

Maiman —a former friend of Toledo— stated he had used his bank accounts to make money transfers from Odebrecht to the ex-President, as part of the bribes paid to secure the Inter-Oceanic Highway contract.

In 2017, the entrepreneur requested a collaboration agreement, after it was revealed his company was involved in the probe on Toledo's money.

Prosecutor Vela indicated the Public Ministry's Ecoteva Case accusation will also be ready thanks to the signing. 

On the other hand, Ad Hoc State Attorney Jorge Ramirez will be in charge of the civil reparation affairs. 

Furthermore, Josef Maiman would aid the collection of US$6.5 million linked to Toledo.

Finally —due to the agreement— the businessman will have to testify in an oral trial against the ex-President, who is wanted by Peruvian justice.


Odebrecht

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)

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

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Published: 3/29/2019
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