(CNN) The main prosecutor in Peru’s ongoing corruption case has called on a judge to send presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori back to defensive prison in connection with an ongoing corruption case. Even though the votes were counted
Fujimori denied the request as absurd. “Prosecutors know where I am, I will not flee,” she said.
She currently follows Pedro Castillo, a high school teacher who has never held a public office. in Peru̵7;s next presidential race The turnout in Sunday’s election was 77%.
Jose Domingo Perez, chief prosecutor in what is known as the Odebrecht corruption case, argued on Thursday that Fujimori had violated restrictions in the case, which has been under investigation since 2018. Perez’s state-run Andina news agency accused Fujimori of violating the “Code of Conduct” that It is forbidden to communicate with witnesses.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Keiko Fujimori met Miguel Torres, a witness in the Odebrecht case. According to Andina’s report Torres was introduced as a lawyer and spokesman for Fujimori’s Fuerza Popular party.
Fujimori, daughter of former President Alberto. Peru’s Fujimori It has been the subject of a long-standing corruption investigation since 2018. Prosecutors recently asked the court to sentence them to 30 years in prison for organized crime and money laundering charges. She denied the allegations and was not formally charged.
She was released from defensive prison for the second time in five months in May 2020, under conditions that included a ban on communication with others involved in the investigation.
If Fujimori wins the election Investigations into her case will be suspended until her mandate expires in 2026, prosecutors in the case said.
In the last presidential election in 2016, Fujimori lost to former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski by 49.9% of the vote, compared to 50.1% for Kusinski.
since then Peru has also witnessed great political volatility. Last year, Acting President Francisco Sacanti became the country’s fourth president in less than five years. After Congress voted to oust former president Martin Vizcarra and Vizcarra’s replacement, Manuel Merino.
Peruvians are most concerned about how the country will recover from the pandemic. This reveals inequality that persists despite significant increases in gross domestic product (GDP) and the average poverty rate decreasing over the past several decades.
Both candidates have proposed reforms related to the key mining sector, but Fujimori has relied on government benefit packages to attract voters, while Castillo has restructured the economy.