Keiko Fujimori detained for allegations of money laundering during presidential campaign

By October 10, 2018

Keiko Fujimori, the leader of the Popular Force opposition party, was detained Wednesday on allegations of money laundering during her 2011 presidential campaign, according to the state news agency Andina.

Peru’s Judicial Branch ordered the pretrial detention of Fujimori. Her lawyer said that there is no evidence to the allegation and Fujimori voluntarily presented herself to authorities to comply with the 10-day detainment.

“There is no argument for giving this order,” her husband Mark Vitto told Andina. “There are no valid arguments. She has complied with prosecutors’ investigations and she has always made herself available to authorities.”

The detention order stems from prior accusations made by Odebrecht officials that they paid $1.2 million to Fujimori’s 2011 presidential campaign that she lost. Brazil’s polemic engineering firm has already been tied to bribing three Peruvian presidents, including Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who topped Fujimori in the 2016 election.

Her arrest comes just one week after father and former president Alberto Fujimori had his amnesty lifted and will have to return to jail to serve out the remainder of his 25-year prison sentence.