Peru’s op­po­si­tion leader de­tained

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - World/region -

Lima – Peru’s pow­er­ful op­po­si­tion leader Keiko Fu­ji­mori was taken into cus­tody on Wed­nes­day af­ter a court or­dered her held in pre­ven­tive de­ten­tion for three years pend­ing the out­come of a cor­rup­tion probe.

The 43-year-old daugh­ter of dis­graced and jailed for­mer pres­i­dent Al­berto Fu­ji­mori is ac­cused of ac­cept­ing $1.2 mil­lion in il­licit party fund­ing from Brazil­ian con­struc­tion gi­ant Ode­brecht, for her 2011 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

In or­der­ing her de­ten­tion, judge Richard Con­cep­cion Carhuan­cho said there was a “se­ri­ous sus­pi­cion” that Fu­ji­mori was run­ning a “de facto crim­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tion that is en­trenched within” her Pop­u­lar Force po­lit­i­cal party and had laun­dered il­licit money.

Con­cep­cion Carhuanco de­scribed Fu­ji­mori, who hugged her tear­ful Us-born hus­band Mark Vil­lanella in court be­fore she was led away by po­lice of­fi­cers, as a “high flight risk”.

As such, he said, “the only nec­es­sary mea­sure in her case is un­doubt­edly pre­ven­tive de­ten­tion”.

Keiko Fu­ji­mori in po­lice cus­tody.

Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe

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