The United States grants the extradition of former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo

The Peruvian Prosecutor’s Office reported this Tuesday that the US authorities have granted the extradition of former President Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006), who is accused of corruption.

The Public Ministry, "as central authority on extraditions"has communicated that it is working with the national and foreign authorities for the necessary coordination with a view to the upcoming execution of his extradition.

Peruvian authorities allege that Toledo received bribes from the construction company Odebrecht. For his part, the former president of the Andean country has denied having requested or received bribes in exchange for the company being favored in the tender for works on the Interoceanic highway.

Several tax accusations on crimes of collusion and money laundering weigh on Toledo. In November 2022, the Peruvian Prosecutor’s Office requested 35 years in prison in the case of the fourth section of the Interoceanic highway. Previously, 20 years and 6 months in prison were requested for sections two and three of the Interoceanic highway; and 16 years and 8 months for the so-called Ecoteva case.

Lima requested, since 2018, Washington the extradition of Toledo to answer for the charges attributed to him. There, a California state judge, Thomas Hixson, seized Toledo’s diplomatic passport, as well as his wife, given the possibility that they could travel to another country to evade justice.

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