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Peru's ex-president jailed ahead of money laundering trial
Jul 14, 2017

Ollanta Humala and his wife turn themselves in to face corruption charges

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Ollanta Humala at a press conference in his office at the presidential palace in Lima

Peru's former president Ollanta Humala and his wife will spend up to 18 months in jail while prosecutors prepare charges on alleged money laundering.

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Humala, 55, who governed Peru from 2011 to 2016, and Nadine Heredia turned themselves in to police late yesterday.

The charges relate to a scandal involving giant Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. A former head of the company claims he illegally contributed $3m to Humala's presidential campaign in 2011.

The couple are also alleged to have taken undeclared funds from Hugo Chavez, the former president of Venezuela who died in 2013.

They deny all wrongdoing.

The prosecution argued jail terms were necessary as the couple could flee Peru to evade justice, AP reports. Humala called the detention "surprising and abusive", Reuters says.

It comes in the same week former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sentenced to nearly ten years in prison after being convicted of corruption and money laundering. He remains free on appeal.

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