WANTED: Embroiled in Corruption and Other Scandals, Former Peruvian President, Alejandro Toledo, Denies Accusations of Wrongdoing

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WANTED: Embroiled in Corruption and Other Scandals, Former Peruvian President, Alejandro Toledo, Denies Accusations of Wrongdoing


Quinteros, Erika, Washington Report on the Hemisphere


On February 9, Judge Richard Concepción sentenced former president Alejandro Toledo to 18 months of preventive detention. Additionally, the Peruvian government is offering more than $30,000 dollars to anyone providing information on the former head of state's whereabouts.

Days before, on February 4, personnel from the Peruvian Public Ministry raided the house of the former head of state Alejandro Toledo in Lima, seeking evidence related to the Odebrecht corruption scandal. The head prosecutor, Hamilton Castro, has since requested Toledo's preventive detention. Odebrecht is an international company based in Brazil that pleaded guilty before the U.S. Department of Justice for paying bribes for more than a decade to government officials in at least 12 countries in Latin America to acquire contracts for construction projects.

According to a report presented by the research portal Ojo Público, Jorge Barata -a former representative of the Odebrecht company in Peru who is now collaborating with law enforcement on the case- has accused the former president of paying $20 million USD in bribes in exchange for a billiondollar construction contract to build an Interoceanic highway. The money, according to Barata, was deposited in different bank accounts in various payments. One of these accounts belonged to Josef Maiman, a friend of the former president. This confession concurs with information obtained by the U.S. Department of Justice that stated the company confessed to having paid $20 million USD between 2005 and 2010 -the period in which Alejandro Toledo and Alan García were presidents- in exchange for being granted infrastructure contracts for the Interoceanic highway.

On Sunday, February 5, Alejandro Toledo, now a professor at Stanford University, gave an interview to the Peruvian TV newshow Cuarto Poder and roundly denied that he received money from Odebrecht. Additionally, he has blamed his political enemies of being behind this accusation and has stated that he will take the case to the Organization of American States (OAS). …

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