Prosecutor calls for prison for Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori – –

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Prosecutor calls for prison for Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori – –


The lead prosecutor in a Peruvian corruption case on Thursday urged a judge to return presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori to preventive prison in an ongoing corruption case, even as the votes continue to be tallied.

Fujimori dismissed the request as absurd. “The prosecutor knows where I live, I will not run away,” she said.

She is currently following Pedro Castillo, a high school teacher who has never held public office, in a knife race to become Peru’s next president. The turnout in Sunday’s election was 77%.

Jose Domingo Perez, the lead prosecutor in the so-called Odebrecht corruption case, argued Thursday that Fujimori violated restrictions in the case, which has been under investigation since 2018. According to the official Andina news agency, Perez accused Fujimori of having broken “the rule of conduct” which forbids him to communicate with witnesses to the case.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Keiko Fujimori was seen with Miguel Torres, a witness in the Odebrecht case, according to Andina. Torres has been introduced as the lawyer and spokesperson for Fujimori’s party, Fuerza Popular.

Fujimori, daughter of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, has been the subject of a lengthy corruption investigation since 2018. Prosecutors recently asked a court for a 30-year prison sentence on charges related to organized crime and crime. money laundering. She has denied the allegations and has not been formally charged.

She was released from preventive prison for the second time in five months in May 2020 under conditions which included a ban on communicating with others involved in the investigation.

If Fujimori wins the election, the investigation into her will be suspended until the end of her term in 2026, prosecutors in charge of the case said.

In the last presidential elections of 2016, Fujimori lost to former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski with 49.9% of the vote against 50.1% for Kuczynski.

Since then, Peru has experienced great political volatility. Acting President Francisco Sagasti last year became the country’s fourth president in less than five years after Congress voted to oust popular ex-president Martin Vizcarra and Vizcarra’s replacement Manuel Merino brought down resigned.

Peruvians are most concerned about how the country will recover from the pandemic, which has revealed rampant inequalities that persist despite significant increases in gross domestic product (GDP) and declines in average poverty rates over the past decades .

Both candidates have proposed reforms related to the key mining sector, but Fujimori is relying on government benefits to attract voters while Castillo has initiated structural changes in the economy.

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