(Lima) The Peruvian judiciary opened a preliminary hearing on Tuesday to examine the indictment against former presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori, who is being prosecuted in a campaign funding case, particularly for organized crime and money laundering.
Posted on Aug 31, 2021 at 1:51 pm
The ex-candidate of the populist right, who lost 40,000 votes in the July poll, which deprived her of immunity, is being prosecuted for alleged bribes by the Brazilian BTP Odebrecht for her election campaign in 2011 and 2016, where she is already in the second Ballot was not elected.
Judge Victor Zuniga opened the “indictment review” hearing at around 10:00 am (11:00 am EDT) to kick off the trial of Ms. Fujimori and 39 other co-defendants, including her husband, American Mark Vito Villanella.
This preliminary phase, which can last days, weeks or even months, must decide whether the indictment drawn up by the public prosecutor will be accepted in whole or in part.
In early March, 30 years in prison were requested against the leader of Fuerza popular, the party founded by her father, 82-year-old ex-President Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000), who is serving a 25-year prison sentence for corruption and crimes against the Humanity.
A million dollars under the table
In particular, the prosecutor José Domingo Pérez obtained the confession of a former Odebrechts manager, Luiz Eduardo da Rocha Soares, at the end of 2019 for a bribe of one million US dollars for the people’s campaign in Fuerza in 2011.
At the end of the 28-month investigation, 41 people were charged with alleged crimes of “organized crime, money laundering, obstruction of justice, false testimony”.
Keiko Fujimori, 46, mother of two teenage girls, was not required to attend this virtual hearing and was represented by her lawyer, Giulliana Loza.
Keiko Fujimori spent 16 months in preventive detention and was released and placed on probation in early 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She cannot leave Lima without judicial authorization, nor is she allowed to meet or speak to witnesses in the case.
The other co-defendants are former employees and members of the management of Fuerza popular.
The Odebrecht scandal shook many political parties in South America. Former heads of Brazilian society admitted in court that they had illegally distributed bribes amounting to millions, especially for the award of public contracts.