The Latest: Prosecutors: Ex-Peru president is a flight risk
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo seeking release on bail while he fights extradition to his native country (all times local):
Prosecutors say former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo should remain in U.S. custody while fighting extradition to his native country because there are no special circumstances to justify his release.
Toledo’s defense attorney had argued that Toledo should be released on bail because he isn’t a flight risk and that he is being kept in “inhumane” conditions at a federal detention facility in Northern California.
Federal prosecutors countered in court papers Friday that Toledo’s argument is meritless and that he has the financial means and motivation to flee.
Toledo is wanted in Peru on accusations of taking $20 million in bribes from a Brazilian company at the center of Latin America’s biggest corruption scandal.
Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo has been kept in solitary confinement and only allowed to go outdoors once in the month he has been in U.S. custody while fighting extradition to his native country.
That’s according to Toledo’s federal defense attorney, who argued in court papers filed this month that Toledo should be released on bail because of “inhumane” conditions at a Northern California federal detention facility.
Toledo is wanted in Peru on accusations of taking $20 million in bribes from Odebrecht, a Brazilian company at the center of a corruption scandal.
Toledo, who has denied wrongdoing, was Peru’s president from 2001 to 2006 and has lived in Northern California in recent years.
His lawyer says Toledo is not a flight risk because he has deep ties to the region.