Peruvian ex-presidential candidate in prison

The opposition leader in Peru, former presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori, was detained ‘preemptively’ as part of an investigation into alleged money laundering, her lawyers confirmed.

On Wednesday, 10 October, the leader of Fuerza Popular party (FP) remained at the Peruvian Prosecutor’s Office.

According to newspaper La República, Keiko Fujimori went with husband Mark Vito to testify at the Prosecutor’s Office for the “Cocktails” case, but ended up arrested.

Other 19 arrests have also been made.

Prosecutor José Domingo Pérez, in charge of the case, requested the arrest because former President Alberto Fujimori’s daughter had not attended summons from the Prosecutor’s money laundering division.

Keiko Fujimori is charged with being the chief and leader of a criminal structure within FP that received illicit contributions coming from corruption and other crimes.

Fujimori’s lawyer Giuliana Loza called the move “abusive” and “arbitrary.”

According to Prosecutor Pérez, contributions to the 2011 Keiko Fujimori’s campaign did niot have a clear origin through ‘ghost’ contributors. Fuerza 2011 — name by which Fuerza Popular was identified in that year — did not duly sustain its income before the National Office of Electoral Processes.

FP, radical right-wing party with an absolute congressional majority, says it financed its campaigning with ‘cocktails attended by followers’ who paid high sums of money for tickets.

Among those followers, a host of names are linked to the so-called “Grupo Ramírez”, led by millionaire former congressman and former FP secretary general Joaquín Ramírez who is considered a drug trafficking suspect by US law agency Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

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