Peru Investigates New Corruption Accusations Against Kuczynski


PPK denies having received any money from Odebrecht.

Yesterday, former Odebrecht executive in Peru, Jorge Barata, said to prosecutors in Brazil that Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK), and other five politicians allegedly received money from the construction company. In the President’s case a sum of $300,000 US dollars.

PPK denies having received any money from the Brazilian construction company. He wrote on Wednesday on his Twitter account that he never received a donation from Barata for his campaigns, “and that he was not in charge of finances in his failed 2011 presidential bid”, wrote VOA News.

Nevertheless, his office denied further comments to this news site and he cannot be formally investigated until he leaves office in 2021 because of his immunity from prosecution.

For this reason, lawmakers in the opposition-controlled Congress have been discussing to hold a new vote to remove Kuczynski from office. “A vote in December after he failed to reveal his past business ties to Odebrecht failed passage by just eight votes.”, said VOA News.

Not only PPK was mentioned in Barata’s statement, two former Peruvian presidents, Ollanta Humala and Alejandro Toledo allegedly received money from Odebrecht as well, according to Barata’s statement.

Humala is now in pre-trial detention, and it is alleged that he took money from the construction company for campaign contributions earned through graft.

In Toledo’s case, he is accused of having received $20 million US dollars as a bribe from Odebrecht.

(Cover Photo Flickr)

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Ermelinda Maglione

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