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A Peruvian judge banned former President Alan Garcia from exiting the country for 18 months during an investigation into money laundering.
A Peruvian judge ruled Saturday to prohibit ex-President Alan Garcia from leaving the country for 18 months while being investigated for the alleged crime of corruption in a case involving Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.
Peruvian prosecutor Jose Domingo Perez requested Thursday for the judiciary to issue a travel ban for former President Alan Garcia, who is investigated for money laundering.
Former President Alan García (1985-1990 and 2006-2011) was not present during the hearing, where prosecutor Perez asked for the travel ban. Garcia, who lives mainly in Spain, arrived in Lima Thursday to testify before prosecutor Perez for an investigation into alleged irregularities in the construction of an electric train in Lima by Odebrecht, but the hearing was postponed by the magistrate.
The prosecutor said in Saturday's hearing that Odebrecht paid Garcia US$100,000 for a conference and that the money came from a company fund, the same used to pay bribes in several Latin American countries.
Garcia has confirmed that he held several conferences all over the world as former president, but has rejected the accusations that a presentation he gave in Brazil for a group of businessmen, was paid by Odebrecht.
The bribe cases related to Odebrecht has sullied the last four presidents of Peru. Former Presidents Ollanta Humala and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski are facing investigations in the country, while Alejandro Toledo weighs an extradition request from the United States.
On Thursday, Peruvian judge Richard Concepción Carhuancho gave 36 months of preventive detention to Pier Figari and Ana Hertz de Vega, considered the two main advisers to Deputy Keiko Fujimori, in another recent case of corruption in Peru.