Peru’s fugi­tive for­mer pres­i­dent a no show in Is­rael

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JERUSALEM — Peru’s fugi­tive for­mer pres­i­dent was not on a plane from San Fran­cisco to Tel Aviv Sun­day night, Is­rael’s For­eign Min­istry said, fol­low­ing re­ports he was en route amid an in­ter­na­tional man­hunt for his ar­rest over a cor­rup­tion scan­dal in South Amer­ica. Ale­jan­dro Toledo, whose wife has dual Bel­gian-Is­raeli cit­i­zen­ship, had been be­lieved to be in San Fran­cisco over the week­end and was thought to be aboard a flight to Is­rael, which does not have an ex­tra­di­tion treaty with the South Amer­i­can na­tion. But Is­raeli For­eign Min­istry spokesman Em­manuel Nahshon said Toledo was not on the flight from San Fran­cisco that landed Sun­day night. Ear­lier, the min­istry said Toledo, who gov­erned Peru from 2001 to 2006, would only be al­lowed into Is­rael “once his af­fairs in Peru are set­tled.’’ An in­ter­na­tional man­hunt has been un­der­way since a judge is­sued an ar­rest or­der for Toledo, find­ing that there was a high prob­a­bil­ity he had re­ceived bribes from a Brazil­ian con­struc­tion firm that has ad­mit­ted to pay­ing off of­fi­cials through­out Latin Amer­ica.

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