Alejandro Toledo extradited to Peru

Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo, who is accused of corruption, has been extradited from the US to his homeland. The police of the South American country circulated on Twitter on Sunday a photo of Toledo at the Lima International Airport, after his arrival from Los Angeles. According to the Peruvian media, Toledo will be placed in custody.

Peruvian authorities had issued an arrest warrant against Toledo in 2017 and requested his extradition. The former head of state and government (2001-2006) is suspected of having received a payment of 20 million dollars from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. In return, he would have awarded the company the construction of the highway that today connects Peru with Brazil.

Toledo faces twenty years in prison. He denies all allegations. The ex-president turned himself in to US authorities and appeared in San José court in California on Friday.

The Odebrecht affair is one of the biggest corruption scandals ever in Latin America. According to estimates of the US court, the concern paid about 785 million dollars in bribes in twelve countries.

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