LIMA – Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori says accusations against her for alleged asset laundering is nothing but a smear campaign by her opponents, including Ollanta Humala, the sitting president.
In a statement to the press, Fujimori said she has seen over the past few days “that our adversaries have launched a smear campaign” and recalled the accusation that linked Joaquin Ramirez, the former secretary general of her party who resigned, with a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation into asset laundering.
“We know that the coalition supporting my opponent (Pedro Pablo Kuczysnki) is led by this government, which is desperate because Mrs. Heredia (de Humala) is about to go on trial,” Fujimori said in reference to suspected irregularities in the funding of the ruling Nationalist Party presided over by the first lady.
The candidate for Fuerza Popular added that reports indicating that she had given $15 million to Ramirez for the 2011 electoral campaign “is so false that the DEA itself released a statement saying that I was not being investigated.”
Fujimori mentioned another “strange news article” published Friday in the daily El Comercio, saying that the prosecutor’s office that specializes in asset laundering has opened a preliminary investigation against Fujimori and her husband Mark Vito Villanella for contributions to her current campaign and the purchase of properties by her spouse.
Fujimori explained that he husband bought two pieces of land in an industrial area of the Chilca district in 2012, not last year as stated by the accusation based on another report, by means of a direct loan and whose price was the market value at the time.
The candidate added that this accusation was pronounced false with a notarized letter substantiated by the checks issued in payment and other relevant documents.