Peru Probes Ex-President Kuczynski for Alleged Vote Buying

(Bloomberg) -- Peru’s Attorney General Pedro Chavarry opened a preliminary investigation into former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and current vice president, Mercedes Araoz, for alleged vote buying to avoid impeachment, the office said in a post on Twitter.

Peru Probes Ex-President Kuczynski for Alleged Vote Buying

The Attorney General claims Kuczynski, Araoz and lawmakers Carlos Bruce, Marvin Palma, Maritza Garcia and Lucio Avila committed bribery, influence trafficking and belonging to a criminal organization causing damage to the state. Former agriculture minister Jose Arista is also being investigated for alleged bribery in the case.

Kuczynski resigned in March ahead of a second impeachment vote, brought down by the continent-wide Carwash bribery scandal. The former president previously said accusations of vote buying were “a big lie.”

Prosecutors say Chavarry, who began a three-year term as attorney general in July, may be part of a group that negotiated judicial appointments in exchange for cash and favors, El Comercio reported on August 31.

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