Lima – Odebrecht corruption scandal reached the highest levels of Peruvian politics after the government decided on Friday to include former President Alejandro Toledo on the list of the country’s most wanted criminals and offered a reward for his capture, on charges of receiving millionaires bribes from the Brazilian construction company.
Paolo Aldea, a lawyer for the former president, said that “Toledo is in Paris” and has no plans to return to Peru. However, the Peruvian government said yesterday that the former president is allegedly in the United States and plans to flee to Israel.
The scandal that broke out in Brazil in 2015 as a by-product of the corruption scheme at state oil company Petrobras affected several political leaders in the region. This week, the Colombian prosecutor’s office reported illegal contributions of one million dollars from Odebrecht to the 2014 campaign of President Juan Manuel Santos, Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
In total, bribery allegations cover 12 countries, including Argentina, where the Brazilian construction company acknowledged having paid fines to obtain public works contracts.