Peruvian prosecutors seek 30 years in prison for Keiko Fujimori

Peruvian prosecutors seek 30 years in prison for Keiko Fujimori

Former Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori is on trial for money laundering, organized crime, obstruction of justice and making false statements – Copyright AFP/Archive Juan Carlos CISNEROS

Peruvian prosecutors on Tuesday requested a 30-year and 10-month prison sentence for Keiko Fujimori, a three-time presidential candidate on trial for corruption.

The 49-year-old daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori is accused of receiving money from scandal-tainted Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht to fund failed presidential bids in 2011 and 2016.

She was tried last week on charges of money laundering, organized crime, obstruction of justice and making false statements.

Fujimori had already spent 16 months in pretrial detention before being released ahead of the 2021 presidential elections, which she lost.

“The total sentence requested by the public prosecutor for the accused Keiko Sofia Fujimori Higuchi is 30 years and 10 months in prison,” said prosecutor José Domingo Pérez.

Four former Peruvian presidents have been implicated in the Odebrecht case, including two-term President Alan Garcia, who killed himself in 2019 when police came to his home to arrest him.

Fujimori’s trial, which began July 1 with some 1,500 names on the witness list, is expected to last more than a year.

She is charged alongside 45 other people, including her ex-husband, American Mark Vito Villanella, and former members and leaders of his Popular Force party.

She maintained her innocence.