|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Peru

Peru Irked by Wanted Ex-President’s Invitation to New York Conference

LIMA – Peru’s government sent on Wednesday a protest note to Suriname’s permanent delegation to the United Nations over its decision to invite a wanted former president of the Andean nation to speak at a development conference in New York.

Peru recalled that Alejandro Toledo, who governed from 2001 to 2006 and now lives in the United States, faces two international arrest warrants: one for accepting bribes from Brazilian engineering giant Odebrecht and another for money laundering.

Justice Minister Maria Soledad Perez Tello noted that Peru has filed two extradition requests with authorities in the US and blasted Toledo for not returning to his homeland voluntarily to face the charges.

“I think he should be here. There shouldn’t be anything to fear if he thinks he hasn’t done anything, while if he has committed a crime, then assume (the consequences),” she said.

“But I think it’s a lack of respect to the country for an ex-president to be on a most-wanted list and to be using his Facebook account to defend himself.”

In February, a Peruvian judge issued a national and international order for Toledo’s arrest.

The warrant specified that he would be held in preventive detention for 18 months on charges including receiving a $20 million bribe from Odebrecht in exchange for granting the company a lucrative contract to build a highway connecting Peru and Brazil.

The investigation stemmed from a massive settlement that Odebrecht and petrochemical unit Braskem reached in December with authorities in the United States, Brazil and Switzerland.

Those companies pleaded guilty and agreed to pay at least $3.5 billion to resolve charges arising out of bid-rigging schemes that began as early as 2001 and involved the payment of hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to government officials around the world.

Those countries included Peru, where Odebrecht acknowledged paying $29 million in bribes, according to court documents.

Toledo spoke Wednesday at a conference that was held at a hotel near the UN headquarters and sponsored by, among others, the World Development Foundation and the Suriname Permanent Mission to the United Nations.

He became testy when reporters asked him questions about his legal woes.

“I’m not in the United Nations to talk about that situation. I’m talking here about the sustainability of global development. Can you understand that?” Toledo told members of the media.

 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2015 © All rights reserved