A Peruvian judge issued a national and global arrest warrant for former President Alejandro Toledo for allegedly being involved in the continent's largest corruption case: receiving bribes from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.
Current President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who was Toledo's finance minister, said the former president betrayed his country and must return to Peru to face justice.
In issuing an arrest warrant, Concepcion said Toledo appeared to have used the "high office of the presidency" to "make an illegal pact" to sell off a highway project that promised to integrate the region.
Alejandro Toledo is alleged to have taken a United States dollars $20 million bribe for awarding a lucrative contract to Odebrecht (La Mula).
Toledo, a shoeshine boy turned economist who plays up his indigenous roots, inspired scores of Peruvians to vote for him in 2001 as an antidote to widespread graft in the government of Alberto Fujimori, who is now serving a 25-year prison sentence for corruption and human rights abuses. Toledo has denied wrongdoing and has not been charged or convicted of any crimes.
Toledo's wife has Israeli citizenship and his longtime friend, Peruvian-Israeli businessman Yosef Maiman, is believed to live there.
According to the United States Department of Justice, Odebrecht has pleaded guilty and agreed in December to pay between US$ 2.6 billion and US$ 4.5 billion in a settlement with authorities in the United States, Brazil and Switzerland for paying nearly US$ 800 million in bribes to government officials around the world.
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If captured, Toledo will be detained for up to 18 months as prosecutors prepare charges against him.
Toledo has struggled to explain where the money came from.
But Israeli authorities said Sunday that they will not allow Toledo to enter.
The source said it was unclear why the United States did not want to detain Toledo.
But his former vice president, David Waisman, himself a prominent member of Peru's Jewish community, said the account was untrue. Israel does not have an extradition agreement with Peru.
Authorities in both countries have been alerted, it said in a statement.