The judiciary approved a one-year extension of the investigation into Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
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That Seventh Preliminary Investigative Judgment from Power of attorney authorized to extend the term of office of the preliminary investigation against by one year Ex-President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (2016-2018) for the crime of money laundering in a criminal organization against the state in the Odebrecht (Westfield) case.
The resolution of Judge Jorge Chavez Tamariz points out that as part of the investigation, which involves eight investigators, there is a wealth of information to be analyzed, to which are added the desecrated notebooks confiscated from the buildings searched by the prosecutor.
In addition, the special procedures that are part of the investigations, such as requests for international legal assistance, the lifting of banking secrecy, the tax reserve, etc., must also be taken into account
“The arguments of the Ministry of State are sufficient to take into account that the matter is complex, which affects the reasonable deadline, not only because the actions take place on Peruvian territory, but also because many of them depend on foreign countries,” reads in the resolution .
In this sense, he declares the application of the First Upper Provincial Prosecutor’s Office specializing in corruption offenses by officials to be justified. special team of Public service and approves the extension by 12 months.
Last Tuesday the Power of attorney decided to extend the ban on leaving the country by nine months Peter Paul Kuczynski, while he was under investigation for money laundering over alleged links to Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.
That Judge Jorge Luis Chávez Támariz of the Seventh National Inquiry Courtexplained the request of Public service who have requested this restrictive measure against the former President in view of possible procedural jeopardy and obstruction.
According to the court ruling, the public prosecutor’s office justified their request by pointing out the “little cooperation of the accused” and the fact that Kuczynski’s family lives in the USA.
For his part, the defense lawyer argued that a four-month travel ban had already been imposed on the former president last April and that there was now no “idea” that would lead to a second extension. “
However, the judge considered the measure to be “consistent” for nine months, taking into account that the trial against Kuczynski is still at a stage of preparatory investigations in which “important testimonies” still have to be obtained and “the risk of an outflow” exist”.
That Ex-President under investigation since 2019 by the Peruvian judiciary for the money transfers Odebrecht made to the accounts of his companies Westfield Capital, First Capital and Latin America Enterprise during his tenure President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Economy in the government of Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006).
In 2019, Kuczynski was placed under house arrest and restricted from leaving the country, later modified by a restricted appearance order.
The former president, who resigned from the presidency in March 2018, was also implicated in the “Pandora Papers” investigation as he allegedly acquired a company in the British Virgin Islands’ tax haven economy of Toledo during his tenure as minister.
The Odebrecht bribery scandal in Peru involved former Presidents Alejandro Toledo (2001–2006), Alan García (1995–2000, 2006–2011), Ollanta Humala (2011–2016) and Kuczynski, as well as a number of officials, agencies and local officials and Presidential candidates such as opposition leader Keiko Fujimori, who face charges of money laundering.