Ex-Peru President Toledo could be released if alternative to solitary detention not found

Alejandro Toledo, Peru’s former president, was arrested in northern California on Tuesday. Photograph: Martín Mejía/Associated Press. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.


SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 13, 2019, ANDINA. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria has ordered the release on bail of ex-Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo on October 22 if an alternative detention arrangement is not found. According to the resolution, if the U.S. Government is able to identify an alternative to Toledo’s solitary confinement, it may file a motion at the Court seeking relief from this ruling. Any such motion must be filed no later than October 22, reported the ANDINA.

If the government files an emergency motion with the Court of Appeals by that date, the stay will be automatically extended to October 29, to give the court time to act on the motion.

Likewise, Toledo’s response must be filed by October 25 at the latest.

“Absent the filing of a motion with the Court of Appeals or with this Court seeking relief from this ruling, Toledo must be released on October 22, subject to the restriction recommended by the pretrial services office,” the federal judge ruled Thursday.

As is known, former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo was arrested in the United States by an extradition order against him, within the framework of the investigations over alleged corruption offenses in the awarding of the South Interoceanic Highway Project to Brazilian company Odebrecht.

On September 12, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Hixson denied the request made by the ex-President’s defense to release him on bail during the extradition process.

Furthermore, in a statement sent to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Assistant U.S. Attorney Elise LaPunzina pointed out Toledo himself asked for the special security measures in jail, which included solitary confinement.

Toledo is wanted by the Peruvian justice to face an investigation into the alleged bribes worth US$35 million paid by Brazilian company Odebrecht over the concession for the development of the South Interoceanic Highway during his term in office (2001-2006).

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