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Former Congressman Villanueva banned from leaving Peru for 18 months

16:51 | Lima, Dec. 6.

Supreme Judge Hugo Nuñez Julca on Friday issued an order to ban former Congressman Cesar Villanueva from leaving the country for a period of 18 months.


The magistrate also ordered the payment of a bail of S/100,000 (about US$29,542) for the two defendants accused of the alleged commission of the crimes of influence peddling and illegal sponsorship.

Detention

The former Prime Minister was arrested on November 26 at a restaurant in Lima's Los Olivos district —along with Northern Lima Superior Prosecutor Alberto Orlando Rossel, Deputy Provincial Prosecutor Ronald Nicolas Chafloque, and businessman Jose Maria Santisteban.

All of them are investigated for the alleged crimes of influence peddling and illegal sponsorship after having tried to influence on the Lava Jato Case Special Prosecution Group, which investigates Villanueva in the Odebrecht case.

For that purpose, Deputy Provincial Prosecutor Ronald Nicolas Chafloque communicated with Deputy Provincial Prosecutor Alexander Taboada —who is a member of the Special Team in charge of the investigations on Villanueva.

Following that, Lava Jato Case Special Prosecution Group Coordinator Rafael Vela brought Deputy Prosecutor Taboada before the Attorney General's Office for the corresponding measures to be taken. He was removed from the team.


As is known, Villanueva is investigated by the Lava Jato Case Special Prosecution Group of the Public Ministry for having allegedly favored the Odebrecht company with the San Jose de Sisa Highway Project in exchange for money, when he was Governor of San Martin Region (2007-2013).

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Published: 12/6/2019
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