Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo arrived this Sunday at Jorge Chávez airport in Peru. After being extradited from the United States, he will be tried for his involvement in a corruption scheme related to the Odebrecht case.
Escorted by police officers, the former president arrived in his country on a commercial flight from Los Angeles. He got off the plane handcuffed and was handed over by U.S. officials to Peruvian National Police officers.
🔴 Luego de casi seis años entre varios pedidos de extradición y apelaciones, el #AlejandroToledo llegó al Perú con un fuerte resguardo policial, las imágenes inéditas del momento https://t.co/zopzkWn0gI pic.twitter.com/H1rk6M1JL1
— Infobae Perú (@infobaeperu) April 23, 2023
Toledo's indictment, extradition and future trial
Toledo will have an identity recognition hearing at the Peruvian judiciary powers headquarters. He must serve
preventive detention and, according to Infobae, he will probably be transferred by helicopter to Barbadillo prison. Former presidents Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000) and Pedro Castillo (2021-2022) are being held there. The Peruvian Public Prosecutor's Office requested a sentence of more than 20 years in prison.
The former president has been wanted by the Peruvian justice system since 2017. He is accused of having received $35 million as payment for favoring the Odebrecht company when awarding contracts for the construction of the Southern Inter-Oceanic Route, a highway system that connects Brazil and Peru.
Last Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Hixson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ordered Toledo to surrender in order to execute his extradition to Peru, which had been authorized two months earlier by the State Department.