A United States judge approved on Sept. 28 the extradition of former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo who was arrested two years ago on corruption charges.
Judge Thomas Hixson of the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California ruled that the evidence presented in the case against Toledo were “sufficient to sustain the charges of collusion and money laundering” under the U.S. Peru Extradition Treaty.
Peruvian authorities requested the extradition of Toledo whom they accused of taking $20 million in bribes from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht while he was serving as president between 2001 and 2006.
Hixson said in the ruling that testimonies from Odebrecht Former Executive Director Jorge Barata and Toledo’s acquaintance, who said that he helped the former president with taking the bribe money, as well as Toledo’s own admission, played a key role in the decision.
“Barata and Maiman’s testimony, combined with Toledo’s admissions in this extradition proceeding that he ultimately received approximately $500,000 in Odebrecht bribe money… establish probable cause to believe that Toledo committed collusion and money laundering,” Hixson wrote.
Hixson acknowledged that the case against Toledo was “not airtight,” citing contradictions and inconsistencies from two key witnesses. However, he said that these “do not defeat probable cause” to believe that Toledo committed wrongdoing.
Toledo, 75, has denied all charges against him and has previously said that the allegations were politically motivated.
The final say to extradite Toledo now lies with the U.S. State Department.
Toledo has been living in California, near the Stanford University campus where he studied and later worked.
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