Peru Presidential Candidate Fujimori Faces New Graft Charges

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Peruvian prosecutors filed corruption charges against presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori that threaten to derail her campaign and could lead to more than 30 years in prison.

In a statement Thursday, the prosecutors’ office said it was charging Fujimori, the daughter of jailed former president Alberto Fujimori, with organized crime, money laundering, obstruction of justice and perjury.

Also named in the suit is Fujimori’s political party, Popular Force. If there is a conviction in the case, prosecutors said they will ask for the party’s “dissolution and liquidation.”

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A longtime congresswoman, Fujimori was jailed for parts of 2019 and 2020 as she fought this and other allegations that she took illegal campaign contributions during her 2011 presidential run. She was released from preventative detention last year and has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

On Thursday, she accused prosecutors of trying to hurt her run for president ahead of the first round of voting on April 11, in which some polls show her in a three-way tie for second place.

“As much as a prosecutor wants to intervene in the first round of this race, I will keep facing this persecution and moving forward with energy so that, together, we can overcome this health and economic emergency,” she wrote on Twitter.

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