Wednesday, June 16

Keiko Fujimori: why the prosecution in Peru is now asking for the presidential candidate to return to preventive detention

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Keiko Fujimori

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The Peruvian prosecutor’s office requested this Thursday that Keiko Fujimori, candidate for the presidency of Peru for the third time, return to preventive detention.

This request from a prosecutor comes in the midst of the tight counting of votes in the second round of the presidential elections in Peru, in which Fujimori is behind the leftist Pedro Castillo.

At the same time, Fujimori faces a criminal charge and a request for 30 years in prison for money laundering and other crimes, for allegedly receiving illegal contributions from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht for its 2011 presidential campaign and contributions from Peruvian businessmen for its 2011 and 2016 campaigns.

Fujimori, from the Fuerza Popular party, had already served two periods of preventive detention between 2018 and 2020, but since May 2020 he faced the process in restricted appearance. The candidate denies the charges against her.

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