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Peru: Opposition Leader Keiko Fujimori Detained in Money Laundering Probe

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    Keiko Fujimori

Published 10 October 2018

The arrest was made under Peru's Organized Crime Law, according to official documents seen by Reuters.

Peruvian opposition leader Keiko Fujimori was arrested as part of an investigation into money laundering Wednesday. Keiko, who is the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, was placed in police custody as part of the preliminary inquiry in a "fiscal investigation."


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She was detained when she arrived at the state prosecutor's office to testify about the case, which also includes allegations of illegal contributions to her political party by Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, attorney Giuliana Loza said. The arrest was made under Peru's Organized Crime Law, according to official documents seen by Reuters.

Her lawyer Giuliana Loza told local radio station RPP that the decision to arrest Fujimori had been "abusive and arbitrary."

"There is no element of conviction and any evidence against her and we do not understand how an abusive, arbitrary requirement may have caused the freedom of Keiko Fujimori to be cut," Loza told local radio station RPP.

Fujimori leads the powerful conservative opposition party Popular Force, which has a majority in Congress and was key to helping topple former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in a graft scandal in March.

Last week, a pardon granted to her father by Kuczynski was annulled.

Following his extradition to Peru in 2007, Alberto Fujimori was sentenced to 25 years in prison for commanding death squads that massacred civilians in a counterinsurgency campaign during his right-wing government. He was later found guilty of corruption.

A twice-defeated presidential candidate, Keiko Fujimori has led Popular Force since her father was imprisoned in 2007.

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