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Peruvian Fugitive Admits Bribing Authorities in Bolivia

LA PAZ – A fugitive Peruvian businessman told prosecutors he paid bribes to facilitate his escape from house arrest in La Paz, Bolivian Attorney General Ramiro Guerrero told ATB television Tuesday.

“He even provided details about how he paid the money and to whom,” Guerrero said after being asked whether Martin Belaunde Lossio admitted to the crime of bribery.

Belaunde made his confession to two Bolivian prosecutors last week at the maximum security prison of Piedras Gordas, north of Lima, during their ongoing investigation into the businessman’s escape from house arrest in La Paz.

Belaunde, accused of corruption in his own country, was extradited by Bolivia to Peru on May 29, after being arrested the day before at the village of Magdalena in the Bolivian Amazon, where he was hiding out waiting for a chance to flee to Brazil.

Days before, Belaunde escaped from the house arrest he was serving in the home of some relatives in La Paz, whose government was preparing to hand him over to Peruvian authorities after twice rejecting his plea for political asylum.

Consequences of his escape have included the resignation of Interior Minister Hugo Moldiz, the dismissal of Bolivia’s top police chief, the arrest of two high court judges in La Paz, and the police custody of several people including defense attorney Jorge Valda and even two of the Peruvian businessman’s relatives in La Paz.

According to Guerrero, Belaunde also confirmed to the prosecutors details about his escape and the help he obtained to pull it off.

 

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