Peru: Two properties linked to ex-President Kuczynski seized in Lima

10:11 | Lima, Sep. 23.

The Prosecutor's Office on Monday morning began the procedure for the seizure of two properties linked to former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (2016-2018) located in Lima's districts of San Isidro and Cieneguilla.

According to Lava Jato Special Team Prosecutor Jose Domingo Perez, the properties will remain under the administration of the National Seized Property Program (Pronabi).

The search and seizure order was issued by the Third Preparatory Investigation Court for Corruption Offenses Committed by Public Officials.

These are the properties located in Choquehuanca 967 San Isidro district, and Lot 2 B Zone 9 Cieneguilla district, registered under the name of Dorado Asset Management Company S.A.C., legal person incorporated in the investigation on Kuczynski.

Prosecutor Perez said that Dorado Asset Management Company S.A.C. has Kuczynski as majority shareholder and sole holder.

It has been determined that the San Isidro-based property has been rented to a Chinese company since September 2, for US$7,300 per month.

In this sense, Preparatory Investigation Judge Jorge Luis Chavez underlined an alleged triangulation among Kuczynski, Dorado Asset, and Westfield Capital aimed at benefiting the ex-President. 

Thus, the judge formally declared the incorporation of Dorado Asset Management Ltd. in the investigation on Kuczynski over alleged money laundering offenses within the framework of the Odebrecht case. 


Preliminary detention

On March 10, the Judicial Branch ordered the preliminary detention of Kuczynski due to alleged asset laundering crimes to the detriment of the Peruvian State.

Prosecutor Jose Domingo Perez requested the detention of Kuczynski, as evidence indicates that the ex-President was responsible for favoring Odebrecht so it could be awarded the South Interoceanic Highway Project —Stretches 2 and 3— (South IIRSA) and Olmos Irrigation Project, thus obtaining economic benefits from the company.

Likewise, Kuczynski is accused of money laundering offenses, acting within the framework of a criminal organization, due to the events that took place when he was Economy-Finance Minister and Prime Minister between 2002 and 2006. 

Furthermore, in 2007, the Westfield Capital company —founded by Kuczynski— allegedly received money transfers from South IIRSA —Stretches 2 and 3— and Trasvase Olmos.


Back then, a group of legislators from opposition parties filed a presidential impeachment motion —on the grounds of moral incapacity— after he had survived a previous impeachment vote back in December.

This new motion was intended to oust Kuczynski for alleged links with Odebrecht.


Published: 9/23/2019
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