The judiciary of the Latin American country announced on the Twitter social network that the former president “was placed at the disposal of the penitentiary, transported to the Barbadillo prison, where he will be in pretrial detention for 18 months.” The house arrest requested by the accused was rejected by the authorities.
77-year-old Toledo, who according to his lawyers has cancer, arrived by plane from Los Angeles in the custody of Interpol agents.
He was transferred by helicopter at night to the Barbadillo prison, where former Peruvian presidents Pedro Castillo (2021-2022) and Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000) are imprisoned.
After his arrival in Lima, Toledo was subjected to an official medical examination, and after a hearing to confirm the politician’s identity, he appeared before a judge. In the pictures broadcast by the television channel of the judiciary, he looked exhausted, wrote MTI.
The former president was arrested in the United States in 2019 on corruption charges in Peru and has since been kept under house arrest in his California home with an electronic tracker on his body.
The former Peruvian strongman, who ruled from 2001 to 2006, is suspected of receiving tens of millions of dollars from the Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht, at the center of a huge scandal in South America, in exchange for public procurement contracts.
Prosecutors are seeking 20 years and six months in prison for Toledo, who has admitted that Odebrecht paid at least $34 million and that he received a portion of that amount.
However, according to Peruvian media, Toledo maintains his innocence and claims that a businessman, Josef Maiman, who has since died, handled the deals.
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