The Prosecutor's Office of Peru announced on Monday that it requested the preventive detention of former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (2016-2018), during a hearing in which the former governor's appeal to the ten-day preliminary arrest he meets since last Wednesday for the case is evaluated. Odebrecht.
The request was presented by Deputy Prosecutor Hernán Mendoza at the beginning of the hearing of the appeal, presented before the First National Criminal Chamber of Permanent Permanent Appeals Specialized in Offenses of Corruption of Officials.
The prosecutor included in his request the secretary of Kuczynski, Gloria Kisic, and his driver, José Luis Bernaola, who also serve the preliminary detention of ten days.
Mendoza said that the Public Ministry has "already passed the preliminary investigation stage," and therefore requested that the case be made available to the investigating judge "so that it sets a hearing date" to analyze the prison application. preventive
The announcement of the Prosecutor's Office led to judge Guillermo Piscoya, who presides over the appeals chamber, which also includes judges Marco Angulo and Víctor Enríquez, suspending the hearing for a few minutes so that the defense attorneys review the terms of the new request.
After resuming the hearing, and before the complaints of the defense of the detainees, the prosecutor denied acting "in bad faith" and reiterated that the Public Ministry has decided to go to the preparatory stage of a complaint.
Finally, Judge Piscoya confirmed that the Prosecutor's Office already formalized his request before the preparatory investigation room, which has scheduled a hearing for the morning of this Tuesday, but said that his chamber declared "unfounded" the request so that the resource is not analyzed. of appeal to the preliminary prison, reason why it ordered the continuation of the hearing.
Kuczynski is being investigated for allegedly receiving payments of more than one million dollars from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht for simulated advice through his company Westfield Capital when he was minister in the government of former President Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006).
That money was allegedly given in several deposits and after a contract that was signed in 2005 that, according to the court decision, allegedly used the money to cover personal expenses, including the purchase of his luxurious house in the Lima residential district of San Isidro or the payment of credit cards.
Kuczynski is one of the four Peruvian presidents accused by the Odebrecht case, a Brazilian construction company that paid millions in bribes in a dozen Latin American countries to win large contracts in public works between 2005 and 2014, accompanied by irregular donations to electoral campaigns.
The revelation of his links with Odebrecht cost Kuczynski the Presidency of Peru, which he had to resign in March 2018 under pressure from the Fujimorista opposition.
From the moment of his arrest, Kuczynski's lawyer, César Nakazaki, maintained that this detention is unjust and unlawful because a person over 65 years of age and without a formal accusation can not be remanded in custody, and in his opinion, can not be detained. in these conditions.