The Supreme Court of Justice in Peru received the files and documentation to request the United States the extradition of Ex-President Alejandro Toledo, for presumably having received bribes for a value of 20 million dollars from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.
El Diario explained that “the permanent criminal chamber of the Supreme Court has fifteen days to convene a hearing in which it will evaluate the reasons and the convenience of the request, which must approve or remit again to the judge so that it may correct any seen observations.”
A year ago the magistrate Richard Concepción dictated a capture order against Toledo and his immediate entry into prison for 18 months while he is investigated for money laundering, collusion, and influence peddling.
Nevertheless, the Ex-President’s lawyer, Heriberto Jiménez, said on his Twitter account, according to El Diario, that the extradition request has a political motivation and that it is being performed by a judge “without legal competence” for it.
“Jiménez affirmed that the imputed crimes have already prescribed and the requirement of preventive detention is ‘arbitrary’ because it is based on the testimonies of collaborators of the Peruvian Justice who accepted the awarding denunciations, such as the former director of Odebrecht Peru, Jorge Barata”, El Diario wrote.
To this comment, judge Concepción said that none of the crimes has yet prescribed and he considered that there are enough clues to prove the corruption attributed to Toledo.
According to the investigations done by the prosecution in Peru, Toledo received 20 million dollars from Odebrecht in exchange for benefiting in the awarding of sections 2 and 3 of the South Interoceanic road.
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