Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, who faces corruption charges in his home country, was arrested in the United States following an extradition request, US and Peruvian authorities said on Tuesday.
Toledo, was arrested in northern California on Tuesday and ordered held in custody pending a hearing on Friday, according to the US justice department. He governed from 2001 to 2006.
Toledo, is a fugitive from Peruvian justice for allegedly receiving $20 million from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht [ODBES.UL] in exchange for aid to win public works contracts.Toledo’s lawyer in Peru, Heriberto Benítez, told local radio station RPP that the former president had not received due process in the investigation by Peruvian prosecutors.
A wave of political scandals has been faced by Peru linked to corruption and particularly the Odebrecht case.
Toledo, 73, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. He had been a visiting scholar at Stanford University as recently as 2017, though the school has said it was an unpaid position.
“Toledo was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and was briefly detained” said the San Mateo county sheriff’s office in March.