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Court begins trial of former Peruvian President Ollanta Humala

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Court begins trial of former Peruvian President Ollanta Humala

Lima, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) A Peruvian court began a trial against former president Ollanta Humala and his wife, Nadine Heredia, for money laundering and other charges, and in its first hours debated a request to suspend the proceedings.
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The defense attorneys argued for the five-day recess because they did not receive the voluminous file completely within the established deadline, but the Third National Criminal Court ruled out the suspension because the attorneys were able to access the documents and recent additions through the Internet.

The hearing, virtual due to restrictions determined by the Covid-19 pandemic, began with the identification of the defendants, among whom the prosecution is requesting sentences of 26 years and six months in prison for Heredia, and 25 years for Humala.

The process refers to the laundering of alleged hidden electoral contributions from Brazil and Venezuela, according to the prosecution, which presents as evidence statements from executives of the Brazilian companies Odebrecht and OAS and witness reports about alleged Venezuelan contributions.

The list of defendants includes Heredia’s mother, Antonia Alarcón; her brother, Ilian Heredia, and her childhood friend Rocío Calderón, as well as former parliamentarian Santiago Gastañadui, a leader of the Nationalist Party (PN) led by Humala, who is included in the process as a group created for criminal purposes, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

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