Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo was arrested in the United States less than an extradition purchase on Tuesday, the South American country’s community prosecutor’s office environment claimed in a article on its official Twitter account.
Toledo, who ruled from 2001 to 2006, is regarded a fugitive in Peru for allegedly acquiring $20 million from the Brazilian development company Odebrecht. The organization admitted publicly in late 2016 that it had secured rewarding contracts across the region with bribes, such as $29 million US expended in Peru.
Peru formally asked for Toledo’s extradition from the U.S. a calendar year ago.
The 73-12 months-old has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and has refused to heed orders by local judges to shell out up to 18 months in pretrial detention in relationship with the substantial bribery probe.
“This will be the ex-President’s initially look right before U.S. judicial authorities, as element of the course of action aiming to return him to the country,” the Community Ministry said on Twitter.
Peru has suffered a wave of political scandals linked to corruption and the Odebrecht situation. Former Peruvian president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was arrested at his house around allegations of bribery linked to the investigation.
In April, another ex-president, Alan Garcia, fatally shot himself in the head just after police arrived at his home in Lima to arrest him in connection with the investigation.
Toledo’s lawyer Heriberto Benitez advised nearby radio station RPP that the previous president experienced not received due course of action in the investigation by Peruvian prosecutors.
Toledo was also arrested in northern California in March for community drunkenness, but was released again into the group.