Peru’s Keiko Fujimori jailed until bribery case trial

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – A judge in Peru has ordered that opposition leader Keiko Fujimori spend three years in jail while she awaits trial for corruption.

Judge Richard Concepción said there was a high risk of Ms Fujimori fleeing Peru.

Ms Fujimori has been accused of taking $1.2m (£940,000) in bribes from the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht in 2011.

She denies any wrongdoing and says the accusations are politically motivated.

Judge Concepción said there was a “serious suspicion” that Ms Fujimori was managing a “de facto criminal organisation that is entrenched within” her Popular Force political party.

Earlier this year, former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski resigned in a scandal linked to the Odebrecht case.

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