Peru Opposition Leader Keiko Fujimori Investigated over Odebrecht Bribes

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The investigation dates back to an entry in the planner of former Director of Odebrecht, Marcelo Odebrecht, which said “increase Keiko by 500 and pay her a visit.” Fujimori is only the latest prominent politician in Latin America to fall into an Odebrecht-related bribery scandal. (Flickr)

Espa√ĪolThe Public Prosecutor’s Office in Peru announced the start of a formal investigation into former presidential candidate and current leader of the¬†Fuerza Popular¬†party,¬†Keiko Fujimori. The investigation, which concerns illicit funds¬†from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, will also include Fujimori’s husband,¬†Mark Vito.

“Prosecutor Jos√© P√©rez orders that investigation against Mark Vito and #KeikoFujimori be made to the #CrimenOrganized Act (Law 30077) and the New Criminal Procedure Code,” the prosecution announced through its official Twitter account.

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Justice José Pérez suggests that the investigation of Mark Vico and #KeikoFujimori be in accordance with the Organized Crime Act (Law30077) and the NCPP.

The investigation dates back to¬†an entry in the planner of former Director of Odebrecht, Marcelo Odebrecht, which said “increase Keiko by 500 and pay her a visit.”

Fujimori is only the latest prominent politician in Latin America to fall into an Odebrecht-related bribery scandal. Ecuador Vice President Jorge Glas is also under significant scrutiny.

According to Odebrecht’s statements, he asked the then-director of the Peru division, Jorge Barata, to increase support for Fujimori’s candidacy during the Peruvian presidential campaign of 2011.

The measure was taken by prosecutor Jos√© Domingo P√©rez G√≥mez, who in turn requested international cooperation to collect information on the company LVF Liberty Institute, a company based in Delawere that¬†allegedly transferred US $65 thousand to Fujimori’s party.

Sources: El Comercio;¬†Diario Correo;¬†Trome;¬†La Rep√ļblica.

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