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‘Rio Treaty’ Nations to Cooperate on Sanctions on Venezuela’s Maduro

Western Hemisphere nations voted Monday to employ a regional treaty to impose sanctions against embattled Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro, accusing his regime of criminal activity including drug trafficking and money laundering. In a meeting convened by the Organization of American States, 16 of the 19 states party to the Inter-American… Read More

Graft investigators seize Peru ex-president’s properties

Peruvian prosecutors on Monday seized two homes owned by disgraced former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, forced to step down last year over a bribery scandal involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. Lima’s Superior Court approved the seizure following a request by prosecutors investigating Kuczynski for money laundering. “The seizure has been… Read More

Latin America was making progress fighting corruption. Now impunity is roaring back.

Five years ago, everything changed in Latin America—or so it seemed. Investigations into a money-laundering operation in Brazil beginning in 2014 revealed a massive bribery scheme involving energy and construction companies. The “Car Wash” scandal saw dozens jailed and billions of dollars in fines—and implicated politicians in Argentina, Colombia, Peru and… Read More
17th July 2019
Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo was arrested in the United States under an extradition order on Tuesday, the South American country’s public prosecutor’s office said in a post on its official Twitter account. Toledo, who governed from 2001 to 2006, is a fugitive from Peruvian justice for allegedly receiving $20… Read More
11th July 2019
Prosecutors in Peru have raided the home of former first lady Nadine Heredia in a sweeping operation linked to alleged corruption connected to a massive gas pipeline constructed by the disgraced multinational Odebrecht. The Heredia home was one of 26 properties targeted by anti-corruption forces probing corruption in the construction… Read More
6th June 2019
Peru’s Congress was set to continue debate on Wednesday ahead of a confidence vote on the government called by President Martin Vizcarra as part of his effort to pressure lawmakers to pass his anti-graft proposals. Debate in the unicameral legislature began on Tuesday and was suspended late in the evening… Read More
30th May 2019
Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra on Wednesday threatened to dissolve Congress unless his anti-graft proposals are passed, raising the stakes in a power struggle with the opposition that could usher in a new period of political turmoil in one of Latin America’s most robust economies. Invoking a constitutional measure that allows… Read More
15th May 2019
A judge on Tuesday ordered Susana Villaran, the former mayor of the Peruvian capital Lima, to 18 months in pre-trial detention in connection with alleged bribes from Brazilian construction companies Odebrecht and OAS. Judge Jorge Chavez said Villaran would seek to obstruct an ongoing corruption probe unless detained before trial,… Read More
8th May 2019
AP — Prosecutors in Peru alleged Tuesday that they have gathered overwhelming evidence implicating former President Ollanta Humala in Latin America’s biggest graft scandal and will seek a 20-year sentence for the former head of state. Prosecutor German Juarez told a judge that investigators have gathered some 1,500 files backing… Read More
30th April 2019
Former Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is to spend three years under house arrest while corruption charges are prepared against him for allegedly taking bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, the government said on Saturday. Earlier this month Kuczynski had been ordered to up to three years in pre-trial jail. Read More
18th April 2019
AP — Former President Alan Garcia mortally wounded himself with a gunshot to his head Wednesday as officers waited to arrest him in a big graft probe that has put Peru’s most prominent politicians behind bars and provoked a reckoning over corruption. Authorities broke through a door at Garcia’s mansion in… Read More
15th April 2019
AP — Prosecutors in Peru are asking a judge to keep former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski behind bars as he is investigated for suspected money laundering related to Latin America’s biggest graft scandal. Deputy prosecutor Hernan Mendoza made the request Monday morning, saying the former Wall Street banker should… Read More
11th April 2019
A Peruvian judge ordered the arrest of former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on Wednesday while also authorizing a search of his properties as part of a probe into a bribery scheme linked to scandal-plagued Brazilian builder Odebrecht. Kuczynski, 80, was taken from his home by police to an official medical… Read More