Fujimori has dismissed the request as absurd. “The prosecutor knows where I live, I’m not going to flee,” she said.
Jose Domingo Perez, the lead prosecutor in what is called the Odebrecht corruption case, argued Thursday that Fujimori had violated restrictions in the case, which has been under investigation since 2018. According to state-run news agency Andina, Perez accused Fujimori of breaching “the rule of conduct” that prohibits her from communicating with case witnesses.
During a press conference Wednesday, Keiko Fujimori was seen with Miguel Torres, an Odebrecht case witness, according to Andina. Torres was introduced as the lawyer and spokesman for Fujimori’s party, Fuerza Popular.
Fujimori, daughter of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, has been the subject of a long-running corruption investigation since 2018. Prosecutors recently asked a court for a 30-year jail term on charges linked to organized crime and money laundering. She has denied the allegations and has not been formally charged.
She was released from preventive prison for the second time in five months in May 2020 under conditions that included a ban on communicating with others involved in the investigation.
If Fujimori wins the election, the investigation into her would be suspended until her mandate ends in 2026, prosecutors in the case have said.
At the last presidential elections in 2016, Fujimori lost to former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski with 49.9% of the votes against 50.1% for Kuczynski.
Since then, Peru has witnessed great political volatility. Last year, interim President Francisco Sagasti became the country’s fourth president in less than five years after Congress voted to oust popular ex-president Martin Vizcarra and Vizcarra’s replacement, Manuel Merino, resigned.
Both candidates have proposed reforms related to the key mining sector, but Fujimori is relying on government benefit packages to attract voters while Castillo has floated structural changes to the economy.