LIMA Feb 15 Peru refiled its request for U.S.
authorities to detain and extradite fugitive ex-president
Alejandro Toledo on Wednesday, as two other former leaders of
the Andean nation vowed to cooperate with a fast-growing graft
The United States declined to try to apprehend Toledo when
authorities believed he was in California last week, asking
Peru's judiciary for stronger proof that he took $20 million in
bribes from Brazilian builder Odebrecht, Peru has
Toledo has denied wrongdoing and insists he is not on the
run. But he has declined to give his whereabouts since a judge
ordered his arrest last week, arguing that the judiciary is
Odebrecht has acknowledged distributing hundreds of millions
in bribes across Latin America - spurring inquiries from Peru to
Panama in Latin America's biggest region-wide graft scandal.
Peru sent the United States additional information on the
investigation on Wednesday, the attorney general's office said.
The U.S. Justice Department declined to comment, saying it
generally does not discuss extradition-related matters publicly.
The government of Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
said it believed Toledo was still in the Bay Area on Wednesday,
and was pursuing a parallel path to bringing Toledo back.
President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has asked U.S. President
Donald Trump to personally order Toledo's deportation under a
provision in U.S. migratory law that allows the president to
expel people to preserve diplomatic ties, Vargas said.
"Without a doubt that would be the shorter and faster path
that I think is in the best interest of the country," Deputy
Interior Minister Ruben Vargas said.
Kuczynski, a former Wall Street investor who served as
Toledo's finance minister and prime minister in his 2001-2006
term, plans to meet with Trump on a visit to the United States
In Peru, former president Alan Garcia said he was returning
to Peru from Spain this week to provide testimony into a natural
gas pipeline project proposed by his government that awarded to
Odebrecht during his successor's term.
Garcia has denied taking any bribes from Odebrecht and has
stressed that he is only providing testimony as a witness.
Ollanta Humala, who was Peru's president during 2011-2016,
told prosecutors, who have accused him of taking illicit funds
from Odebrecht, that he would cooperate fully and invited them
to inspect his home, his office said Wednesday.
Humala has previously denied any wrongdoing.
Kuczynski has also denied involvement in kickbacks paid by
Odebrecht's former Peru-based executive Jorge Barata told
prosecutors he personally negotiated up to $35 million in bribes
for Toledo in exchange for help winning two highway contracts in
2005. The company only paid Toledo $20 million because he did
not fully meet his end of the bargain, prosecutors have said.
Toledo rose to power denouncing widespread corruption in the
government of his predecessor Alberto Fujimori, who is now
serving a 25-year sentence in Peru for graft and human rights
(Reporting By Mitra Taj and Reuters TV; Editing by Simon