The US State Department has approved the extradition of former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo. He is accused of corruption.
US police arrested Toledo in July 2019 at the request of Peru. In September 2021, a US federal court has already authorized Toledo’s extradition to his home country. It wants to prosecute him over his alleged involvement in a massive bribery scandal involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.
The final decision to return Toledo to Peru rested with the US government. So now he has agreed.
Toledo, who was president from 2001 to 2006, reportedly received $20 million (€17.1 million) from Ottbrecht. In return, he would have offered the company the construction of a highway connecting Peru to Brazil. The former president has denied the allegations.
Former Peruvian President Pedro Castillo, who was ousted by parliament in December, is also accused of corruption. Since Castillo’s ouster, the South American country has been dealing with its worst unrest in decades. Dozens of people have been killed in protests against the government and for Castillo’s release.
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