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Judge orders arrest of Peru ex-president over bribery allegations

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Judge orders arrest of Peru ex-president over bribery allegations

February 10, 2017 - 15:06 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - A Peruvian judge has ordered the arrest of the country's former president Alejandro Toledo over allegations that he took $20m in bribes, according to BBC News.

Toledo, who governed from 2001 to 2006, is accused of receiving the graft money from Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht in return for awarding public works contracts.

He is not in Peru - he lives in the US and is currently in Paris.

In recent media interviews he has denied any wrongdoing.

Judge Richard Concepcion ruled that Toledo should be remanded in custody at the earliest opportunity, rejecting a request for bail from the former president's lawyers.

Odebrecht is at the centre of a multi-national corruption scandal. It admitted as part of a plea deal with the US justice department to paying nearly $800m (£640m) in bribes to governments across Latin America.

They admitted paying $29m in Peru to secure contracts between 2005 and 2014. That time spans the presidencies of Toledo and his two successors in office, Alan Garcia and Ollanta Humala. His successors have also denied any wrongdoing.

Peruvian media reported that Odebrecht's former executive direc...

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