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  • Peru's former president Alejandro Toledo Manrique poses in a police booking photo at San Mateo County jail in Redwood City, California, U.S. in this handout photograph released on March 18, 2019

    Peru's former president Alejandro Toledo Manrique poses in a police booking photo at San Mateo County jail in Redwood City, California, U.S. in this handout photograph released on March 18, 2019 | Photo: Reuters

Published 16 July 2019

The arrest is part of an extradition request related to the Odebrecht scandal, a massive corruption scheme.  

Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo was arrested in the United States under an extradition order on Tuesday, the South American country’s public prosecutor’s office said in a post on its official Twitter account.

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Toledo, who governed from 2001 to 2006, is a fugitive from Peruvian justice for allegedly receiving $20 million from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht in exchange for aid to win public works. Peru formally requested his extradition from the United States a year ago.

Toledo, 73, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

“This will be the ex-President’s first appearance before U.S. judicial authorities, as part of the process aiming to return him to the country,” the Public Ministry said in a post.

Peru has suffered a wave of political scandals linked to corruption and the Odebrecht case. Former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was arrested at his home over allegations of bribery linked to the investigation.

Another former president, Alan Garcia, shot himself in the head to avoid arrest in April, also in connection with alleged bribes from the Brazilian builder.

Toledo’s lawyer Heriberto Benítez told local radio station RPP that the former president had not received due process in the investigation by Peruvian prosecutors.

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