Former Peruvian president Toledo requests the return of $1 million in bail after turning himself in for extradition

Former Peruvian president Toledo requests the return of $1 million in bail after turning himself in for extradition

The former Peruvian president Alexander Toledo He asked the US judicial authorities to return the million dollars he paid for his release in 2020, when he was arrested for the first time at the beginning of his extradition process to his country, the Peruvian Attorney General’s Office reported on Saturday.

“He has filed a motion (judicial appeal) to be return the deposit at the time he asked to be released from prison in the United States and have house arrest in California,” Silvana Carrión, attorney for the notorious “Lava Jato” case in Peru, told the press.

“The bail was half a million dollars in cash and five hundred thousand, as collateral for real estate. I understand that according to the American rules that is a possibility (the return), that is governed by the American rules, “he said.

The lawyers for Toledo, confined in California, presented a brief before the office of California judge Thomas S. Hixson in which they indicated that after making himself available to justice, the money he gave in 2020, when his house arrest was issued, must be released. with the obligation to use an electronic anklet.

“Now that his arrest has occurred again, he has requested that his bail be returned,” added the attorney after confirming that the former president would arrive in Lima in the next few hours or in a couple of days at most, transferred by US agents.

The ex-president (2001-2006) will undergo a legal medical examination, a judicial control by a judge and will be transferred to the Barbadillo prison, within the headquarters of the Directorate of Special Police Operations (Diroes) where the former presidents are also being held Pedro Castillo (2021-2022) and Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000).

Toledo (77 years old), accused of corruption and money laundering in the framework of a mega-scandal of bribes paid by the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht to politicians, he turned himself in on Friday to the US authorities, who will process his extradition to Lima.

He is accused of having received millions of dollars from Odebrecht in exchange for public works tenders. Prosecutors ask for 20 years and six months in prison.

odebrecht recognized the payment of bribes in Brazil and other countries in the region within the framework of the “Lava Jato” (Car Wash) operation, for which dozens of Latin American politicians and businessmen are imprisoned.

Four other former Peruvian presidents face legal proceedings for corruption: Ollanta Humala (2011-2016), Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (2016-2018), Martín Vizcarra (2018-2020) and Pedro Castillo (2021-2022).

Former President Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000) was also convicted of corruption, in addition to crimes against humanity, and Alan García (2006-2011) committed suicide in 2019 when the police were about to arrest him on suspicion of being linked to the Odebrecht case. .

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