Court orders arrest of ex-president Alejandro Toledo

Court orders arrest of ex-president Alejandro Toledo

Toledo, a Stanford University graduate, has been a visiting scholar at the Bay Area school since finishing his five-year presidential term in 2006.

Peru has been informed by USA authorities that they are not planning to keep former Peru President Alejandro Toledo, who is wanted in connection with a corruption probe, from boarding a flight to Israel from California in the coming hours, a source in Peru's Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

Some Peruvians have speculated that Toledo might have traveled to Israel, where his longtime friend, Israeli businessman Yosef Maiman, is believed to live. The government of Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was pressuring the United States to change its mind, the source said. Reuters reported that Peru had been informed by the United States that authorities will not detain the former president during his stay, nor prevent him from boarding his flight to Israel.

According to prosecutors, he took at least $20 million in bribes from Odebrecht, which recently confessed to having paid about $800 million in bribes all across Latin America. Toledo is accused of taking $20 million in bribes to secure construction contracts from the firm.

Peru had been informed by US authorities on Saturday that they were not planning to keep Toledo from boarding a flight to Israel from California that was scheduled to land in Tel Aviv on Sunday.

Peruvian judge Richard Concepcion issued a national and worldwide arrest warrant against Toledo on Thursday, sentencing him to preliminary imprisonment for 18 months.

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Toledo has struggled to explain where the money came from.

Israel's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Mr Toledo would not be allowed entry in the country before "his affairs in Peru are settled".

But his former vice president, David Waisman - himself a prominent member of Peru's Jewish community - said that was untrue. Israel does not have an extradition agreement with Peru.

U.S. authorities said they would not bar Toledo from leaving for Israel.

Because Toldeo was not present at the hearing, Concepcion said he will petition Interpol to find Toledo's location and affect his capture.

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