The president of Peru, Martín Vizcarra, ruled on Wednesday that he had some interference in the judicial decision that ordered the preventive detention for 15 months of the opposition Keiko Fujimori, investigated for money laundering.
“The justice administration system acts with full independence. In this there is no interference from the Executive Power,” Vizcarra said in an interview with Channel N.
“This decision of the Judiciary has to be fulfilled because it is a mandate that we all have to respect,” added the head of state.
Fujimori and his political and family environment complained of an alleged political persecution against him and of wanting to remove her from the next general elections of 2021 with his arrest.
However, Vizcarra responded that Keiko Fujimori herself said that “she was going to withdraw from politics”, to attend the process opened against her, and that “consequently, this decision has no relevance in the relationship with the Executive.”
When asked about the presumption of innocence in Fujimori’s case, Vizcarra replied that “in general, this concept of the presumption of innocence should be respected and, only in particular cases, apply preventive detention.”
The former presidential candidate is investigated by the prosecutor’s office in Peru for the contributions of the Brazilian company Odebrecht to its election campaigns in 2006 and 2011, as well as other companies, which were registered as donations of false contributors.
Fujimori returned today to the women’s prison of Chorrillos, in Lima, two months after his release from a Constitutional Court ruling, and in the coming months he must face the start of the judicial process.
His father, former president Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000) expressed in a letter that “it is time to act and make it understood in Peru and abroad that there is a persecution against Fujimori here.”
The former governor, who is serving a 25-year prison sentence for human rights abuses, added that “what they have done with my daughter proves that there is a political obsession against the Fujimori family.”
“If she is in prison now it is because there are many interests that want to see her out of the race,” Fujimori said, taking into account the presidential elections that will take place in 2021.