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The Constitutional of Peru rejects Toledo's appeal against the arrest warrant

The Constitutional Court of Peru rejected a writ of habeas corpus filed by the lawyer of former President Alejandro Toledo against the arrest and detention order for 18 months issued in February by a judge as part of the investigations of the Odebrecht case.

Lima, Nov 22 (EFE) .- The Constitutional Court of Peru rejected a writ of habeas corpus filed by the lawyer of former President Alejandro Toledo against the order of arrest and detention for 18 months passed in February by a judge as part of the Odebrecht investigations.

In the sentence, published today, the judges declared the appeal inadmissible for five votes against one and considered that the violation of Toledo's fundamental rights has not been duly accredited, allegedly for having received 20 million dollars in bribes from the Brazilian construction company.

The lawyer Heriberto Jiménez, defender of the former president, alleged that Toledo suffered a violation of the plurality of instances or degrees, due process, to his defense and to the effective procedural protection, when the Judicial Power denied him the appeal against the order of capture and preventive detention.

That opinion was issued in February by magistrate Richard Concepción, head of the First Preparatory Investigation Room of the National Criminal Chamber, to be investigated for the alleged commission of the crimes of influence peddling and money laundering.

According to inquiries made by the Attorney General's Office, Toledo agreed with Odebrecht on bribes in an amount of up to 20 million dollars in exchange for award the bidding of the Interoceanic Highway of the South to the Brazilian company, which crosses the Peruvian territory from the Pacific Ocean to its border with Brazil.

Toledo he is currently in California (United States), where he habitually resides, without the international arrest warrant requested by the Peruvian authorities to date.

Odebrecht case in Peru focuses on tracking the 29 million dollars that the Brazilian construction company admitted to the US Justice Department that paid Peruvian officials between 2005 and 2014 in exchange for obtaining contracts for millions of public works.

This period covers the presidential mandates of Toledo (2001-2006), Alan García (2006-2011), included in Investigations for gifts for the Lima Metro, and Ollanta Humala (2011-2016), imprisoned for the alleged irregular financing of his party.

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