SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo, dealing with extradition from the USA as a part of a corruption investigation, was deemed a flight threat by a U.S. choose on Friday and ordered held in jail.
Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, who faces extradition from the USA as a part of a corruption investigation, stands earlier than U.S. Justice of the Peace Decide Thomas Hixson (L) along with his protection legal professional Joseph Russoniello throughout a listening to in San Francisco, as portrayed on this courtroom sketch, California, U.S., July 19, 2019. REUTERS/Vicki Behringer
U.S. Justice of the Peace Decide Thomas Hixson dominated that Toledo, who was arrested earlier this week in California and appeared in a packed courtroom sporting a purple jail jumpsuit, ought to be saved in custody throughout extradition proceedings, a course of that might final a 12 months.
Toledo, who served as president from 2001 to 2006, is a fugitive from Peruvian justice for allegedly receiving $20 million from the Brazilian building firm Odebrecht [ODBES.UL] in alternate for support to win public works contracts.
He was arrested on Tuesday following a proper request by Peru for his extradition a 12 months in the past.
Hixson cited for his determination $40,000 in money discovered by the FBI in a suitcase after they arrested Toledo, including if he fled it could trigger diplomatic tensions for the USA below its treaty obligations with Peru.
Toledo has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
His lawyer through the listening to, Joseph Russoniello, mentioned Toledo was an “extraordinary particular person” and argued the Peruvian arrest warrant was inadequate to extradite him. Toledo wished to hunt justice in the USA due to discrimination towards him in Peru, he added.
Peruvian Justice Minister Vicente Zeballos mentioned earlier this week that the extradition course of might take a 12 months.
Peru has confronted a wave of political scandals linked to corruption and notably the Odebrecht case. Former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was arrested at his house over allegations of bribery linked to the investigation.
One other former president, Alan Garcia, shot himself within the head to keep away from arrest in April, in reference to alleged bribes from the Brazilian builder.
Reporting by Dan Levine in San Francisco; Writing by Adam Jourdan; Enhancing by Steve Orlofsky