dglobalnews.com Perú Judge Orders Arrest of Ex-President Alejandro Toledo for Odebrecht Corruption
Published: Mon, February 13, 2017
National | By Glenda Ortiz

Perú Judge Orders Arrest of Ex-President Alejandro Toledo for Odebrecht Corruption

Perú Judge Orders Arrest of Ex-President Alejandro Toledo for Odebrecht Corruption

Toledo is a visiting professor at Stanford University, near San Francisco, where he graduated with a PhD in economics.

Peru has been informed by U.S. authorities that they are not planning to keep the South American nation's former president Alejandro Toledo, who is wanted in connection with a corruption probe, from boarding a flight to Israel from California on Saturday night, a source in Peru's Interior Ministry said.

Toledo's wife has Israeli citizenship and his longtime friend, Peruvian-Israeli businessman Yosef Maiman, is believed to live there.

Israel does not have an extradition treaty with Peru.

The former president is accused of taking bribes from scandal-plagued Brazilian construction company Odebrecht to give the firm a juicy contract for a highway linking Brazil and Peru. Judge Concepción had ruled that the 70-year-old be detained for 18 months till prosecutors collect evidence in the case.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment, said it was unclear why the United States did not want to detain Toledo.

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Judge Richard Concepcion, head of the First Preliminary Investigation Court of the National Criminal Chamber, issued the arrest warrant sought by the anti-corruption prosecutor Hamilton Castro, who charged the former president with the alleged crimes of influence peddling and money laundering.

The attorney general is also investigating two other former presidents-Alan García (2006-11) and Ollanta Humala (2011-16)-as well as Odebrecht's former boss in Peru, Jorge Barata, whose testimony implicated Toledo.

He told authorities it was a loan from his mother-in-law that came from compensation she received as a Holocaust survivor, but that claim has been discounted.

The dispute threatens to strain relations between the United States and one of its traditional allies in South America.

Israel's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Mr Toledo would not be allowed entry in the country before "his affairs in Peru are settled".

Because Toldeo was not present at the hearing, Concepcion said he will petition Interpol to find Toledo's location and affect his capture.

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