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Monday 19 February 2018

Peru presidential hopeful Keiko Fujimori rejects 'money laundering' report

Keiko Fujimori campaigning on the outskirts of Lima, Peru
Keiko Fujimori campaigning on the outskirts of Lima, Peru

Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori denied a news report raising questions about whether she was involved in money laundering.

A local television network broadcast a report on Sunday night suggesting the US Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating a member of Ms Fujimori's party for money laundering. The allegations come just weeks before the presidential run-off election.

The report said the agency was investigating whether Joaquin Ramirez of Ms Fujimori's Fuerza Popular party laundered millions for the candidate.

Ms Fujimori denied that she was involved with any money laundering.

DEA spokeswoman Anne-Judith Lambert said the agency never said Ms Fujimori was a target of any investigation. The DEA did not say whether it was investigating Mr Ramirez.

Ms Fujimori has struggled to cast off the legacy of her father, jailed former president Alberto Fujimori.

Press Association

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