Thirty thousand dollars is a lot of money, but it’s got nothing on US$ 20 million.
After days of speculation concerning the former president’s future, a Peruvian judge has ordered the arrest of Alejandro Toledo for accepting US$ 20 million in bribes. The felony took place during his presidency (2001-2006) and was a payment from Brazilian construction and engineering conglomerate, Odebrecht. That name likely sounds familiar because they’ve found themselves in hot water for the past few months due to a string of similar international bribery cases that are linked to them.
Now the hunt is on to locate Toledo, who was last traced to Paris, France. The Peruvian government is offering a reward of S/ 100,000 (over US$ 30,500) to the person who can track him.
Allegations of Toledo’s acceptance of bribes came from Odebrecht’s own former executive director in Peru, Jorge Barata. Last Saturday, February 4, Toledo’s home in Peru was ransacked, though possibly incriminating documents found have yet to be evaluated.
Toledo obstinately denied any wrongdoing, claiming: “Let Mr Barata say when, how, where and to which bank he sent me $20m. I won’t stand for this!”
His subsequent disappearance however has made him one of the country’s most wanted, according to the Ministry of the Interior. He has been sentenced to serve an 18-month preventive detention.
If you know where Toledo or his wife, Eliane Karp, can be located call any of these numers:
051 – 4334463
051 – 4334461
051 – 4334467