Peru’s opposition leader detained
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.