Peru offers reward for capture of ex-President Alejandro Toledo
Peru offers reward for capture of ex-President Alejandro Toledo
Toledo is in Paris and in media interviews from abroad has denied any wrongdoing
13 February, 2017, 01:00
Toledo, who was Peru's president from 2001-2006, now is in Paris.
Peru asked for worldwide help in finding former president Alejandro Toledo, wanted in connection with a far-reaching bribery probe, saying on Friday that he was likely now in San Francisco and may try to flee to Israel.
Some $10 million in transfers from Odebrecht have been traced to offshore companies linked to Yosef Maiman, an Israeli businessman and longtime friend of Toledo tasked with receiving the bribes, Castro said. The government of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who served as prime minister and finance minister during Toledo's 2001-06 term, said it was asking authorities in the United States and Israel to help find and return him to Peru. Reuters reported that Peru had been informed by the United States that authorities will not detain the former president during his stay, nor prevent him from boarding his flight to Israel.
The former president is accused of taking bribes from Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht to give the firm a juicy contract for a highway linking Brazil and Peru.
Alejandro Toledo is alleged to have taken a Dollars $20 million bribe for awarding a lucrative contract to Odebrecht (La Mula).
A judge in Peru issued an worldwide arrest warrant for Toledo Thursday, and the government offered a 100,000 soles ($30,000) reward for any information leading to his capture after he failed to turn himself in to authorities. Judge Concepción had ruled that the 70-year-old be detained for 18 months till prosecutors collect evidence in the case.
Interestingly, Odebrecht claimed it also paid Toledo's two successors, Alan Garcia Peres and Ollanta Moisés Humala Tasso.
Toledo denies the allegations against him, originally explaining the money came from a loan from his wife's mother that came from compensation she received as a Holocaust survivor.
An israeli foreign ministry spokeseperson announced sunday that Toledo would not be allowed to enter until the conclusion of the investigation in peru.
But his former vice president, David Waisman, himself a prominent member of Peru's Jewish community, said the account was untrue.
The dispute threatens to strain relations between the United States and one of its traditional allies in South America.
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