Contributions to 2011 presidential campaign under scrutiny as prosecutors examine links to Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht
Keiko Fujimori, the leader of Perus political opposition and daughter of former autocrat Alberto Fujimori, has been detained as part of an investigation into alleged money laundering in her 2011 presidential campaign.
Prosecutors are investigating the origin of several large undeclared financial donations to Fujimoris campaign and links to the Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht, which has been at the centre of Latin Americas biggest corruption scandal.
Fujimoris detention on Wednesday comes just a week after a supreme court judge ordered her father, former president Alberto Fujimori, back to jail to complete a 25-year sentence for authorising death squads, overseeing rampant corruption and vote-rigging. Fujimori, 80, had been granted a medical pardon last year by former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.
This detention is abusive and arbitrary, said Keiko Fujimoris lawyer, Giuliana Loza, who told journalists it took place when her client attended the chief prosecutors office to give testimony in the ongoing investigation.
Fujimoris husband, Mark Vito, said she was the victim of political persecution and prosecutors had not found a single piece of evidence in an investigation lasting more than two years.
Fujimoris supporters immediately gathered to protest outside the principal police station in downtown Lima. Images on social media showed a handcuffed Fujimori being transferred there from the prosecutors office.
Prosecutor Jos Domingo Prez said he had asked for Fujimori to be detained for 10 days because of the risk she could escape. He said she had set up and criminal organisation within her political party that had political power and, as a result, a level of influence and interference in legislative and judicial power.
Along with Keiko Fujimori, 19 other people were ordered to be detained, among them the former heads of her presidential campaign in 2016, Jaime Yoshiyama and Augusto Bedoya.
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