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Peru: Judges Order Arrest of Former President Kuczynski

  • Peru's former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, in Lima, Peru April 10, 2019.

    Peru's former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, in Lima, Peru April 10, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 10 April 2019

A Peruvian judge ordered the arrest of ex-president Kuczynski accused of helping Odebrecht win contracts in exchange for bribes.

The Judicial Power ordered the preliminary arrest of former President of Peru Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in the framework of the investigation for the alleged crime of money laundering in the Odebrecht case. According to the document of the Superior Court Specialized in crimes of Organized Crime and Corruption of Officials, the request for detention is for ten days.

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This measure, requested by Prosecutor José Domingo Perez, also concerns Kuczynski's former Secretary Gloria Kisic Wagner and his ex-driver Jose Luis Bernaño Ñufflo. 

The order authorized by Judge Jose Luis Chávez Támariz, magistrate of the Third Preparatory Investigation Court, concerns allegations of the involvement of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in the "Lava Jato" operation. 

The Public Ministry cites "acts of money laundering" by Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in the IIRSA Interoceanic Corridor Projects, Sections 2 and 3 and the Irrigation and Hidroenergético Olmos Project, according to the resolution to which La Republica newspaper had access.

Former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is being investigated for allegedly receiving money from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, while he was a minister of the government of former head of state Alejandro Toledo Manrique, who is a fugitive in the United States with an extradition request.

Odebrecht sparked Latin America's biggest corruption scandal by admitting publicly in late 2016 that it had funded electoral campaigns in more than ten countries of the region, including Peru, in exchange for construction contracts. Since then, Peruvian judges have ordered several politicians, including Toledo, to be jailed before trial.

On March 2018, and after multiple allegations of his responsibility in the Odebrecht corruption scandal, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski resigned from the presidency of Peru.

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