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Peru's prosecutor investigates Keiko Fujimori over audios on suspected election bribery

To declare the winner of the election, which according to the vote count is socialist Pedro Castillo, the electoral court must first resolve all requests for impeachment of the election

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  • Fujimori said he has no connection with the case of Montesinos’ phone conversations;
  • According to audios released recently by the local press, Montesinos proposed from inside prison to bribe three members of the electoral court to reverse the elections.

A prosecutor dedicated to corruption cases in Peru on Monday launched an investigation into Keiko Fujimori for alleged links with the country’s former intelligence adviser Vladimiro Montesinos, now in prison, who, according to audios, allegedly tried to bribe members of the country’s electoral court to favor the right-wing candidate in the elections.

Fujimori, who spoke about the investigation on Twitter, said she was unrelated to the case of Montesinos’ phone conversations, a controversial new issue to be added up to Peru’s intricate electoral process, which still has no official results on who will be the next ruler almost a month after the elections took place.

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To declare the winner of the elections, which according to the vote count is socialist Pedro Castillo, the electoral court must first resolve all the requests for impeachment, most of them presented without much evidence by Fujimori.

According to audios released recently by the local press, Montesinos, who was a very close associate of former President Alberto Fujimori, Keiko’s father, proposed from inside prison to bribe three members of the electoral court to reverse the elections.

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“The prosecutor who has already asked for my arrest four times is back on the attack by opening an investigation for the audios set up by Montesinos and his friends accusing me of money laundering,” Keiko Fujimori said in a tweet, “Getting me involved by conversations with people who have no relation to me.”

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The prosecutor is Jose Perez, who has filed charges against Fujimori for a case in which she is accused of receiving $1.2 million from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht for her political campaigns between 2011 and 2016.

(Translated by LABS)

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