Peru: president’s brother found not guilty of bribery

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On Tuesday morning a Peruvian court found Antauro Humala – President Ollanta Humala’s brother – not guilty of bribery charges.

Humala – who was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in the death of four policemen during a failed uprising – had allegedly bribed prison guards in exchange for extended visiting hours and privileges.

The prosecution had asked for a 6-year sentence, and for 35,000 soles in damages, Peru21 reported.

The court also found 5 prison guards not guilty, and said there was no evidence to prove Humala had bribed them.

John Reid, Humala’s lawyer, said his client “expects to receive an apology from the prosecutor, who provided no proof, only speculation.”

Last March controversy arose after ‘Cuarto Poder’ broadcast a report which showed that >>Humala had access to a cell phone, and was able to send and receive emails from his jail cell in Piedras Gordas.

Reports also said Humala had been contacted by representatives from a Canadian mining company that wanted him to act as an >intermediary with a community group in Cajamarca.

Antauro Humala had allegedly bribed prison guards in exchange for extended visiting hours.

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