Prosecutors are asking for a 30-year prison sentence for Fujimori for corrupt funding claims in previous election campaigns.
A Peruvian judge has rejected a prosecutor’s request to return the presidential candidate, Keiko Fujimori, to pretrial detention for allegedly failing to serve bail for money laundering and corruption charges. faces.
Fujimori, the eldest daughter of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori, is facing a lawsuit over claims she received $ 1.2 million from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht to fund previous presidential campaigns in 2011 and 2016.
Prosecutor José Domingo Pérez told Judge Víctor Zúñiga on Monday that Fujimori had breached bail restrictions by contacting a witness in the case.
However, the judge ruled that the lawsuit was “unfounded” as he had not received any warning and extended Fujimori’s bail.
For his part, Fujimori said the prosecutor’s request was “arbitrary, disproportionate and unfair,” as dozens of his supporters stated outside.
Fujimori has already been in pretrial detention for 16 months. He has denied the charges against him.
Fujimori was released on parole in May last year due to the coronavirus outbreak and was banned from leaving Peru or communicating with co-defendants or witnesses in the case.
Prosecutors have said they would seek a 30-year prison sentence for the 46-year-old daughter of the former president convicted of corruption.
Potential flash point
The hearing represented a potential flashpoint at a time of already high tension in the country after the second round of the June 6 presidential vote.
Fujimori faced the socialist Pedro Castle.
Castillo has been declared the winner after coming out with 44,058 more votes with more than 17.5 million votes counted.
However, Fujimori has refused to admit defeat and has called for the disqualification of up to 200,000 votes for fraud, a claim for which he has not provided public evidence.
The election pitted Castillo, a teacher and union leader with support for poor rural areas, mostly against the free market Fujimori, the descendant of a powerful family that has its sponsors in most of the urban elite of the country. Peru.
Over the weekend, thousands of supporters of the two candidates took to the streets to demand that democracy succeed., and for the election jury to weigh Fujimori’s fraud claim to work faster.
If Fujimori won the election, the criminal process against her would stop until the end of her administration.
Pollster Ipsos Peru has said that a statistical analysis of the ballots does not reveal evidence of abnormal voting patterns that favor any candidate.