Peru's Judiciary on Monday confirmed an 18-month preventive detention order for former President Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006), wife Eliane Karp and other people involved in the Ecoteva case.
The order also includes Israeli entrepreneur Josef Maiman and ex-chief of presidential security team Avi Dan On.
It must be noted the defense of those involved in this case proposed changing the pre-trial detention order to a restricted appearance one.
As is known, the former Head of State was indicted for money laundering in 2013 after irregular real-estate transactions through offshore firm Ecoteva were unveiled. Said company was founded by his mother-in-law Eva Fernenbug.
Ecoteva funds —the source of which remains unclear— were used to buy a series of properties, including Toledo's home in Lima's upper-class neighborhood of Las Casuarinas.
Toledo —already a fugitive
from Peruvian justice— is currently overseas along with his wife. He is believed to be in the State of California in the United States.
The former top official also faces influence peddling and asset laundering charges within the framework of the Odebrecht graft case.
He was accused of receiving US$20 million in bribes from Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht to secure the Inter-Oceanic Highway contract, a major infrastructure venture connecting Peru and Brazil.
As a result, the Peruvian Judiciary —last February— ordered his preventive detention for an 18-month period. An arrest warrant was issued at the time, both at national and international levels.