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DAVOS,24JAN03 - Alejandro Toledo, President of Peru,  speaks during the session 'The Challenge for Latin America'  at the 'Annual Meeting 2003' of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 24, 2003. 
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Peru Ex-President Alejandro Toledo Tied to Odebrecht Bribery Case

The Government of Peru is looking to apprehend ex-President, Alejandro Toledo, in relation to a wide bribery case that also implicates a number of other political figures from the Latin America and the Caribbean.

It is alleged that Toledo accepted $20 million in bribes from Odebrecht, a Brazilian construction firm to help the company win a bid for a highway construction. As well as Toledo, Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuzcynski has also been implicated in the graft. A Peruvian judge has stated that if Toledo is arrested and returns to Peru, he will be held for 18 months while the trial against him proceeds.

Odebrecht admitted in December, 2016 that it has paid more than $780 million to illegally obtain public works contracts in different countries.

Although the whereabouts of Toledo are unclear, Peruvian Interior Minister Carlos Basombrío stated on state television that it is highly likely that Toledo is in San Francisco. Toledo claims that the accusations are politically motivated, and denies any wrongdoing.

Those due to visit the area may want to consider enlisting the services of security services in Peru.

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