Peru prosecutors to investigate Santos over money-laundering allegations

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Cajamarca’s anti-corruption prosecutor announced this week it would open an investigation regarding alleged corruption carried out by regional president Gregorio Santos.

According to audio recordings obtained by Peru21, Wilson Vallejos, a Cajamarca businessman, claimed he laundered money for Santos.

Prime Minister Juan Jimenez declined to comment on the controversy, but said he hoped the appropriate agencies review the issue.

“I imagine that the comptroller and the anti-corruption prosecutor have already taken note of this information […] if any crimes are confirmed, we hope there are more drastic sanctions,” Jimenez said according to Peru21.

Prosecutor Julio Arbizu said the prosecution’s office was investigating several bank accounts in Panama, and said his office was evaluating a formal charge against Santos.

“We have to study the tapes, review documents, but if the news reports are confirmed, there may be evidence of a conspiracy to commit a crime,” Arbizu said.

Furthermore, the nation’s comptroller, Fuad Khoury said his office was also investigating the matter.

“We will investigate, I can’t give details, but I guarantee we will investigate until we clarify these allegations,” Khoury said.

Meanwhile, Santos was confirmed to appear before a Congressional committee on Wednesday, to give his statements regarding his opposition to the Conga mining project, Andina reported.
 

Cajamarca’s anti-corruption prosecutor announced this week it would open an investigation regarding alleged corruption carried out by regional president Gregorio Santos.

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