Prosecutors are seeking a 30-year prison sentence for Fujimori for allegations of corrupt funding in previous election campaigns.
Peruvian judge rejected a prosecutor’s request to remand presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori on remand for allegedly failing to meet her bail conditions on money laundering and corruption charges she is facing.
Fujimori, the eldest daughter of jailed former president Alberto Fujimori, is on trial for receiving $ 1.2 million from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht to fund the previous presidential campaigns of 2011 and 2016.
Prosecutor José Domingo Pérez told Judge Víctor Zúñiga on Monday that Fujimori violated bail restrictions by contacting a witness in the case.
However, the judge ruled that the request was “without merit” since it had not received a warning and extended Fujimori’s bail.
For his part, Fujimori said the prosecutor’s request was “arbitrary, disproportionate and unfair”, as dozens of his supporters protested outside.
Fujimori has already spent 16 months in pre-trial detention. She denied the charges against her.
Fujimori was conditionally released in May last year due to the coronavirus outbreak and was not allowed to leave Peru or communicate with co-defendants or witnesses in the case.
Prosecutors said they would seek a 30-year prison sentence for the 46-year-old daughter of the ex-president convicted of corruption.
Potential flash point
The audience represented a potential flashpoint at a time of already high tension in the country following the second round of the June 6 presidential election.
Fujimori faced socialist Pedro Castillo.
Castillo declared himself the winner after emerging with 44,058 more votes with over 17.5 million votes counted.
However, Fujimori refused to admit defeat and requested the disqualification of up to 200,000 votes for fraud, a claim for which she provided no public evidence.
The election pitted Castillo, a supported teacher and union leader in mostly poor rural areas, against the free market Fujimori, the descendant of a powerful family whose supporters include most of Peru’s urban elite.
Over the weekend, thousands of supporters of the two candidates took to the streets to call for democracy, and for the electoral jury weighing Fujimori’s fraud claim to work faster.
If Fujimori wins the election, criminal proceedings against him would be suspended until the end of his term.
Pollster Ipsos Peru said a statistical analysis of the ballots revealed no evidence of abnormal voting patterns in favor of a candidate.