During a bail hearing on the extradition request for ex-Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006), Assistant U.S. Attorney Elise LaPunzina revealed agents found a suitcase containing US$40,000 in cash when they arrested him last Tuesday
, according to data released Friday by the FBI.
Russoniello claimed the money belonged to Eliane Karp, Toledo's wife, and was used to pay her personal expenses.
Faced with this evidence, LaPunzina concluded Toledo posed a significant flight risk.
Likewise, she said the ex-President had tried to renew his passport last June.
Toledo detained in the U.S.
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.
to read the facts of the extradition request against Toledo.