Peru Welcomes Back Former President Toledo, Facing Corruption Charges

Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, upon his arrival in the capital Lima after being deported from the US, faces millions of dollars of bribery charges in a corruption scandal involving four former presidents.

Toledo, who was Peru’s president from 2001 to 2006, surrendered to US authorities on Friday, ending a years-long legal battle against his deportation that began in 2019 when he was arrested at his home in Menlo Park, California.

Toledo, 77, was picked up by police and officials from Peru’s attorney general’s office at Lima airport early Sunday morning.

Police released a picture of Toledo, looking disheveled, escorted by agents and taken to court in the historic center of Lima.

The former president is due to spend 18 months in pre-trial detention while he is under investigation for allegedly accepting at least $20 million in bribes from Odebrecht, a giant Brazilian construction company that admitted to US authorities that it paid bribes to officials to win contracts. around the world Latin America for decades. Toledo denied the charges against him.

Notably, Toledo has lived in California since 2016, when he returned to Stanford University, his alma mater, as a visiting researcher to study education in Latin America.

Source: AB

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