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  • Keiko Fujimori was sentenced to 36 months preventive detention for money laundering in connection with the Odebrecht scandal.

    Keiko Fujimori was sentenced to 36 months preventive detention for money laundering in connection with the Odebrecht scandal. | Photo: EFE

Published 4 January 2019
Opinion

Fujimori's sentence has been reaffirmed and judges have dismissed an appeal by her lawyers.

A Peruvian court has upheld preventive detention for Keiko Fujimori, president of the Fuerza Popular (Popular Force) party, and former minister Jaime Yoshiyama Tanaka over money laundering linked to Odebrecht.

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After a two-week deliberation, the court ratified the order by Judge Richard Concepcion Carhuancho. Fujimori will now remain detained at the Women's Prison in Chorrillos, while the former minister remains outside Peru.

The court unanimously rejected the appeal filed by Fujimori's defense seeking her release. She is serving a 36-month preventive prison sentence over alleged contributions made by Brazilian construction company Odebrecht to her campaign in 2011.

"Second Criminal Court of National Appeals declares unanimously as unfounded the appeal of Keiko Fujimori and Jaime Yoshiyama against preventive prison for 36 months issued against them for the alleged crime of money laundering."
 

The court ruled there are "well-founded and serious elements of conviction to reasonably estimate the commission of the alleged crime of money laundering."

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