Peru: Ex-President Ollanta Humala and Wife Jailed Before Trial

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Judge determines former President Ollanta Humala and his wife, Nadine Heredia, will be held in preventive detention for 18 months before trial for corruption charges.

Yesterday, Judge Richard Concepción Carhuancho gave a preventive sentence of 18 months in jail to former President Ollanta Humala and his wife Nadine Heredia before they face trial for money laundering charges.

The judge decided that there was sufficient probability of a guilty sentence as well as evidence of intentions to flee the country.

Humala and Heredia are accused of laundering illegal donations received from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

Humala, who defeated Keiko Fujimori in the 2011 election, ran as a militant left-wing candidate and is also charged with receiving funds from former Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez.

In reality, Humala’s policies were classified by political analysts as a continuation of the centrist policies followed by his predecessors.  In recent months, the Odebrecht corruption scandal has enveloped all of Peru’s presidents going back to Alberto Fujimori.

Until now, only Alejandro Toledo and Ollanta Humala have been called for trial.  Alejandro Toledo remains a fugitive in the United States despite the Peruvian government’s calls for extradition and a court order for preventive prison.

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Mike Dreckschmidt

Mike grew up and eventually attended university in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He graduated in Integrative Leadership Studies with an emphasis in Urban and Regional Planning and has been a part of planning projects in three different countries. Mike’s passion is reading; he devours both literature and nonfiction. His favorite author is Peru’s own Julio Ramón Ribeyro.