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Peru Lawmakers Find Evidence of Graft Under Former President

LIMA – The Peruvian congressional committee investigating alleged misconduct during the 2006-2011 administration of President Alan Garcia found “indications” of illegal enrichment on the part of some officials, the panel’s chair said Friday.

“We don’t affirm that crimes were committed. We have only found indications regarding some officials,” Congressman Sergio Tejada told a press conference following a closed session of the committee.

The committee expects to approve its final report next Monday, he said.

Tejada rejected claims by members of Garcia’s APRA party that a court decision earlier this week effectively barred Congress from investigating the former president or issuing a report on the matter.

That ruling, Tejada said, does not shield Garcia from scrutiny, and the investigative panel amended its brief to conform with the court’s decision.

The congressman also dismissed APRA’s contention that the investigative committee is seeking to have Garcia prohibited from running in the 2016 presidential election.

The question of banning Garcia from holding public office is under the jurisdiction of a separate congressional panel, Tejada said.

Tejada and his colleagues have been examining accusations against the Garcia administration in connection with a spy scandal and with the granting of pardons to thousands of convicts, including scores of drug traffickers.

Garcia left the country’s economy in a shambles when he governed from 1985 to 1990, with hyperinflation evaporating the purchasing power of Peruvians.

But he restyled himself as a pragmatist for his second term beginning in July 2006 and closely followed the orthodox economic policies of predecessor Alejandro Toledo.

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