Peru offers reward for capture of former president
Peruvian authorities moved quickly to detain a former president tied to a region-wide graft scandal, offering a $30,000 (£24,000) reward for his capture and alerting Interpol that he may be in the U.S. or Israel.
Peru’s government said Friday that it has information that Alejandro Toledo is in San Francisco. Toledo, who governed Peru from 2001 to 2006, is a visiting scholar at Stanford University in California.
Authorities have also approached Israel because they said Toledo may have plans to take advantage of his wife’s dual Belgian-Israeli citizenship to seek refuge in the country, which doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the South American nation.
The international manhunt comes a day after a judge issued an arrest order for Toledo, finding that the evidence presented by prosecutors suggested there was a high probability he had received bribes from a Brazilian construction firm that has admitted to paying off officials throughout Latin America.
Toledo is accused of taking some $20 million in bribes from Odebrecht to favor the company so it could win a contract to build a highway from Brazil to Peru’s Pacific Coastline.
Toledo, who was last believed to be in Paris a week ago, has denied any wrongdoing.