15 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, despite her vow to cooperate with authorities.
“I’m not the kind of person to flee or evade justice,” Villaran said during the televised hearing.
In Peru, criminal suspects can be held in so-called preventive prison for up to three years before trial.
After Chavez handed down his ruling, Villaran left the courtroom accompanied by police officers, becoming the latest Peruvian politician detained in the massive graft probe involving on Odebrecht.
By Mitra Taj, Reuters, 14 May 2019
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