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Net closes on Peru's fugitive ex-president

AFP | 2017-02-14 07:33:41.0
Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. File photo.
Image by: MARIANA BAZO / REUTERS

Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has urged US counterpart Donald Trump to consider extraditing fugitive former leader Alejandro Toledo, believed to be in the US, to face graft charges.

The net appeared to be closing on the former Peruvian president as Israel said it would refuse him entry. Toledo is accused of taking bribes from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

Toledo's French-born wife, Eliane Karp, has Israeli citizenship.

"President Kuczynski has asked Donald Trump to evaluate with the State Department the idea of sending Toledo back to Peru," where he is wanted on charges of taking $20-million in bribes while in office, state news agency Andina reported on Sunday.

The US said it could not arrest Toledo until it received more information on the case, according to Peruvian officials, who were scrambling to send investigation documents to their US counterparts.

Peruvian authorities believe Toledo, 70, is in San Francisco. He is a visiting professor at nearby Stanford University.

Toledo issued a statement on Twitter, without revealing his whereabouts, denying he was on the run because he had not been facing charges when he left Peru.

"The court in Lima did not request my testimony to help with their investigation.

"On the contrary, it accused me of crimes that I have not committed and that the court cannot prove," he said.

Toledo has branded the accusations against him as political persecution. But he has struggled to explain the source of the money.

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