The US Justice keeps former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo in pretrial detention

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A federal judge of the United States on Thursday rejected the request of the defense of former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo to continue on parole the judicial process that is being held against him, thus ratifying his preventive detention.

“I will deny the reconsideration because Toledo has not shown that there is no risk of leakage,” said Judge Thomas S. Hixson, of the Northern District of California, in announcing his decision, according to the Peruvian newspaper ‘El Comercio’.

Hixson has considered that there is a risk of escape because “we have an individual with people around him with connections and lots of money.” “It is not so much that Odebrecht gave him money, but that money was given to him through many people,” he stressed.

Toledo’s wife, Eliane Karp, has reacted in the same court while the security forces took her husband. “You’re killing him!”, The former first lady shouted in English. The next court hearing has been set for October 17.

Toledo, resident in the United States since 2017, is accused by the Prosecutor of Peru of receiving 20 million dollars from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht in exchange for the concession of the work to build sections 2 and 3 of the South Interoceanic Highway, so who asks for a sentence of 16 years in jail. The Peruvian Government has requested his extradition.

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