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Fujimori vs Fujimori: Kenji Says 'I Will Prove Who is Corrupt'

  • Kenji (L) and Keiko (R) Fujimori.

    Kenji (L) and Keiko (R) Fujimori. | Photo: Reuters

Published 27 March 2018

Kenji Fujimori will be questioned by Peruvian authorities in relation to claims that his sister, Keiko, received illegal contributions from Odebrecht.

The son of ex-Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is scheduled to attend an interrogation at the behest of the country's prosecutor's office.

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He will “give information about the contributions of Odebrecht to Keiko... (He will) reveal very serious things,” legislator Maritza Garcia, disclosed to La Republica. Kenji is scheduled to meet with the prosecutors on April 6.

Kenji Fujimori will be cross-examined by Peruvian authorities in relation to claims that his sister, Keiko, received illegal contributions from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

"I will be a witness in the cases that are necessary and I will prove who the corrupt are,” Kenji posted on social media, on Sunday. The siblings have an antagonistic relationship, which played out in public when Kenji refrained from voting in a 2016 presidential runoff that handed Keiko a narrow defeat.

“Until then, Kenji had been a loyal follower of his sister, helping her to bring in votes,” David Sulmont, a political scientist, explained. “But after that, he was gradually excluded from her decision-making inner circle.”

A Financial Times report shared that Kenji resigned from the Popular Force party – led by Keiko – on March 1, stating that his sister harbors “a criminal attitude.”

Congressman Yonhy Lescano explained that “the pus is already coming out of the situations they know, it is important that Kenji Fujimori, at this juncture in the Odebrecht case, can say what he knows, he should have first-hand information, it would be important to present the evidence.”

According to RPP, lead prosecutor Jose Domingo Perez launched the money laundering investigation, against Keiko, to determine the source of more than 1 million dollars she received in campaign funding.

Charges will likely be levied against Kenji, who was seen on a video allegedly buying votes to prevent the impeachment of recently resigned President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK). During the December impeachment vote, Kenji and almost a dozen Popular Force deflectors had abstained, giving PPK a lifeline.

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