US court authorizes extradition of former Peruvian president

US court authorizes extradition of former Peruvian president

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US court authorizes extradition of former Peruvian president

Alejandro Toledo, in 2017 image| Photo: EFE/Miguel Rajmil

The justice of the United States decided this Tuesday (28) that former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006), accused of corruption in his home country, may be extradited to Peru, after having found sufficient evidence to justify such a measure. With the approval of the American judiciary, it will now be up to the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, to make the final decision on the extradition or not of the former Peruvian president, after a process that lasted for more than two years.

Toledo was arrested in July 2019 in California, where he has resided for the past few years and spent eight months in prison, when the judge considered the risk of escape. The former agent was released from the closed regime and placed under house arrest in March 2020, at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to investigations by the Peruvian Public Ministry, the 75-year-old former president would have received up to US$35 million from Odebrecht in exchange for favoring the Brazilian company in commercial transactions in Peru while he was still head of government.

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