Arrest warrant for Peru ex-president Toledo over bribery claims

Peru has offered a reward of £24,000 for the capture of its former president, Alejandro Toledo.

A judge on Thursday ruled that Toledo, who denies any wrongdoing, must be jailed for up to 18 months while influence peddling and money laundering charges are prepared against him.

Odebrecht previous year admitted to paying some $800 million in bribes to politicians throughout Latin America including $29 million during the 2001-2006 governments of Toledo and his two successors.

Peru's former President Alejandro Toledo may have fled to San Francisco from Paris after a judge ordered his arrest for allegedly taking bribes from Odebrecht SA, Peru's Justice Ministry said Friday.

According to Richard Concepcion, judge of the National Penal Court, there is "a high level of probability that former president Toledo carried out illegal agreements with executives of (Brazilian construction company) Odebrecht".

Peru issued an worldwide arrest warrant for Toledo after a court Thursday said he should be detained as a precautionary measure before standing trial.


Investigators searched Mr Toledo's home for five hours on Saturday. He was reported to be in Paris last weekend, although he resides in the U.S., where he works as a researcher at Stanford University, California.

The alleged payments were believed to have been made through Toledo's friend, Peruvian-Israeli businessman Josef Maiman, who prosecutors say they are also investigating along with the Odebrecht's former boss in the country, whose testimony triggered the probe.

Toledo's wife, Eliane Karp, said that her husband would "gladly" return to the country "if there were guarantees of an impartial and non-politicized justice".

Toledo's lawyer, Heriberto Benitez, denied that Toledo was on the run and told Reuters he was waiting for the results of an appeal.

That time spans the presidencies of Mr Toledo and his two successors in office, Alan Garcia and Ollanta Humala.

Related News:

  • Wall Street edges up as Nasdaq sets record high

    About 6 billion shares changed hands in US exchanges, below the 6.7 billion daily average over the last 20 sessions. Allergan (AGN.N) shares rose 3.7% after the drugmaker's fourth-quarter profit and revenue topped estimates.

    Are Tom Jones and Priscilla Presley a thing?

    He was left completely heartbroken when his wife of 59 years, Linda, passed away last April following a battle with cancer. Sir Tom Jones appears to have another special lady in his life. "We were teenagers, we fell in love, not just in lust".

    Beset by economic, political woes, Nigerians protest for change

    The protesters are agitating for better living conditions for Nigerians. "Unemployed people are hungry and angry". Buhari's prolonged absence from Nigeria has added to the climate of uncertainty.
  • North Carolina's Theo Pinson to return on Thursday against Duke

    As eighth-ranked North Carolina heads into a showdown with No. 18 Duke , the status of wing Theo Pinson is still up in the air. Pinson will continue to come off the bench, as he has done in each of the six games he's played in this season.

    More Than 50K Lose Power in Eastern Mass.

    Combine that with steady winds 25-35 miles per hour , gusting to 50 miles per hour and you get near-white out conditions at times. Those winds may blow the snow around, especially in the northern communities, resulting in whiteout conditions.
    Germaine de Randamie KOs male opponent

    Germaine de Randamie KOs male opponent

    That's the biggest motivating factor for me", Hold told FOX Sports ahead of her bout Saturday night. So, once again we're at square one with many questioning what her next career move could be.
  • "Fifty Shades Darker" a darker film, says author and producer EL James

    In " Fifty Shades Darker ", protagonists Anastasia Steele and Christian Gray reconcile and start their relationship afresh. Even their sex scenes seem tame and void of any of the passion captured on film for the first movie.
    Nokia to acquire Comptel for £295 million

    Nokia to acquire Comptel for £295 million

    Nokia has announced a tender offer of €3.04 per share in cash to buy Comptel as it tries to push its software strategy forward. The Finnish mobile phone and network equipment maker Nokia has all intentions to buy Comptel for almost 370 million Dollars .

    Bucks' Parker out for season

    At 22-29, the Bucks were just two games out of the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference when the news broke. Parker was averaging 20.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 51 games this season, including 50 starts.
  • Iranian president rejects USA  'threats, arrogance'

    Iranian president rejects USA 'threats, arrogance'

    Anyone confronting Iran will "regret" their aggressive policies, said Rouhani, a moderate who was elected president in 2013. President Hassan Rouhani said nationwide rallies are "a response" to anti-Iran remarks coming out of the White House.
    Trump reaffirms commitment to one-China policy

    Trump reaffirms commitment to one-China policy

    But, for now at least, the American government will recognize one, and only one, government of China, and its President Xi. But the US isn't necessarily "bound" by it; it's more like the USA has agreed not to meddle.
    Freezing rain brings icy glaze to Ontario. See photos here

    Freezing rain brings icy glaze to Ontario. See photos here

    While most schools in the county remain open, all school taxis and buses in Dufferin will not be operating on Tuesday. However Toronto Hydro said earlier Tuesday that they were anticipating outages as a result of the freezing rain.


Most liked

Semenya: Double Olympic glory would be a hollow victory
Speaking shortly after the Wada report was released, Semenya said earning the gold in this way would nearly be an empty victory. Semenya will also become a two-time world champion if she is awarded Savinova's gold from 2011.

Orange alligator spotted in SC turning heads
Earlier this week, the gator was photographed basking on the bank near a pond, its bright orange skin standing out in sharp contrast to the patchy brown grass.

OPEC output cuts at record 90% compliance: IEA
Expectations of a rise in demand along with signs of production cuts improved the sentiment in the crude oil market on Friday. Eleven members of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries had agreed to pump less from January to raise prices.

Turkish President signs constitutional reforms expanding his executive powers
The referendum "is planned to take place on April 16", Numan Kurtulmus said in comments broadcast on state-run TRT television. The changes would hand wide-ranging executive powers to the president, and the post of prime minister would be abolished.

Trump Needs to Take a Tougher Line Toward Putin, Senators Say
It has not been previously reported that Trump had conveyed his doubt about New START to Putin in the hour-long call. Senior officials say Putin asked Trump about extending the 2010 deal, known as New START , during the call.

Tesla will begin Model 3 production trials this month
In a bid to stir up fans and investors alike, Tesla has recently announced that it plans to start test-producing Model 3 sedans. Zero to 60 time matters most , however, and that is where Tesla now rules.

SIA to buy 39 Boeing planes valued at $19.5 billion
SIA has chosen the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 turbofan to power the 787-10s, which it said it plans to operate on medium-range routes. Long-haul budget carrier Scoot has orders with Boeing for eight B787s.

US Border Agents might want Social Media Passwords for Entry into US
Trump's order bars citizens from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen from entering the country for 90 days. As well as asking people for their passwords", Kelly said he was looking at trying to obtain people's financial records.

Pheobe Waller-Bridge joins the Han Solo movie
Waller-Bridge also had some raunchy scenes in Fleabag, the BBC Three show which became a massive worldwide success past year . The young Han Solo movie only has one confirmed actress in Emilia Clarke, but Variety claims it is closing in on a second.

Platform Introduces New Changes To Curb Abuse — Twitter Troll Problem
The platform believes in freedom of expression and any influence which hampers this right of the people, shall be prohibited. BuzzFeed's reporting revealed that Twitter staff struggled to balance the promotion of free speech while curbing bullying.

Senate confirms receiving President Buhari's letter to extend vacation
The Katsina South lawmaker said that every Nigerian is aware of the zeal and passion President Buhari came into office with. Adesina however said that he doesn't speak with the president directly, but with the people around him.

Current, former EPA workers urge Congress to reject nominee Pruitt
And a bill introduced by a freshman Republican congressman from Florida last week would dissolve the EPA altogether. The Oklahoma Republican is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate, but a date for the vote has not been set.

City saviour Jesus delights in match-winning double
In these last three months that are left I have to help the club and as I say the club will decide if I have a place here or not. Now we have Gabriel Jesus , who played the last two games and did really well.

What to Expect When General Motors Company Reports Earnings
This scale runs from 1 to 5 where 1 represents Strong Buy and 5 represents Sell. (NYSE:F) reported its Actual EPS of $0.3/share. Taking look on ratio analysis, GM has forward price to earnings ratio of 6.09, compare to its price to earnings ratio of 4.21.

Watch Google Home's Super Bowl commercial here
Google says nothing gets passed back to them until the speakers hear the keywords - "Hey Google" or "OK, Google". Scott Foster tweeted: "Our Google Home just went a little bonkers with the Google Home commercial".