Peru Judge Orders Ex-President Humala Jailed Before Trial
A Peruvian judge ordered the Andean nation’s former President Ollanta Humala and his wife Nadine Heredia to be jailed for up to 18 months on Thursday while prosecutors prepare formal money laundering charges against them.
Judge Richard Concepcion ruled in favour of a request by prosecutor German Juarez, who argued Humala and Heredia should be jailed before a trial to prevent them from fleeing or interfering with his nearly three-year investigation.
Humala and Heredia deny wrongdoing but were on their way to turning themselves into authorities, their lawyers told reporters.
Juarez accuses Humala and Heredia of taking illegally obtained funds from late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Brazilian construction companies Odebrecht SA and OAS SA that were allegedly used in Humala’s campaigns and for personal enrichment.