Sunday 20 October 2019

Judge frees Peru opposition leader Keiko Fujimori

The daughter of former strongman Alberto Fujimori was arrested amid a money laundering probe.

Keiko Fujimori (AP)
Keiko Fujimori (AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Peru’s opposition leader Keiko Fujimori has been freed by an appeals judge, a week after she was arrested in an ongoing money laundering investigation.

The daughter of former strongman Alberto Fujimori cried as the judge read aloud his ruling on Wednesday night.

Several critics heckled Ms Fujimori as she left the courthouse.

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Hundreds of people marched in Lima to protest against government corruption (AP)

She remains under investigation over some 1.2 million dollars (£913,000) in undeclared financial contributions to her 2011 presidential campaign that were allegedly made by Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction firm at the heart of Latin America’s largest-ever corruption scandal.

Ms Fujimori narrowly lost to Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in the 2016 presidential run-off, but her party emerged with a majority of seats in congress.

A different judge recently ordered that the elder Fujimori should be returned to jail to finish a long sentence for human rights abuses.

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