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Court rules out return to prison of neoliberal leader in Peru

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Court rules out return to prison of neoliberal leader in Peru

Lima, Jun 23 (Prensa Latina) The Peruvian Supreme Court today ratified the conditional release of former presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori, ruling out the nullity of the ruling that released her from prison in 2020, requested by the prosecutor in the case, Jose Perez.

In a brief hearing, the Permanent Criminal Chamber of the court declared the prosecutor’s appeal unfounded, which alleged that the release with restrictions obtained by the defendant for money laundering and other crimes was not valid because it had been requested outside the legal period of three days.

The judges, however, determined that the real deadline was five days and the appeal, which invoked among other reasons the risk of Fujimori catching Covid-19 in prison, was presented on time.

The three-time unsuccessful presidential candidate was subjected to another 36-month preventive detention imposed by a judge in October 2018 and ratified in all instances, but appealed to the Constitutional Court which, in a controversial ruling, ordered her release in November 2019.

In January 2020, the Judiciary ordered a new preventive detention -in view of her possible flight and obstruction of the investigations- for 15 months and in April of the same year the Supreme Court ordered Fujimori’s parole.

The leader faces a trial for money laundering, leadership of a criminal organization and obstruction of justice.

The charges are related to the hidden receipt of millions of dollars as electoral contributions from local and foreign companies for her electoral campaigns in 2011 and 2016, which she lost in both ballots, as well as in 2021.

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