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Prosecutors are seeking a 30-year jail term for Fujimori on allegations of corrupt financing in previous election campaigns.

A Peruvian judge has rejected a prosecutor’s request to return presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori to pretrial detention for allegedly failing to comply with the conditions of her release on bail on the money laundering and corruption charges she faces.

Fujimori, the eldest daughter of jailed former president Alberto Fujimori, faces a lawsuit over claims that she received $ 1.2 million from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht to fund previous presidential campaigns in 2011 and 2016.

Prosecutor José Domingo Pérez told Judge Víctor Zúñiga on Monday that Fujimori violated bail restrictions by having contact with a witness in the case.

However, the judge found the claim “unfounded” since he had not received a warning and issued Fujimori’s bail.

For his part, Fujimori said that the prosecutor’s request was “arbitrary, disproportionate and unfair,” as dozens of his supporters demonstrated abroad.

Fujimori has already been in preventive detention for 16 months. She has denied the charges against her.

Fujimori was conditionally released in May last year due to the coronavirus outbreak and was prohibited from leaving Peru or communicating with co-defendants or witnesses in the case.

Prosecutors have said they would seek a 30-year jail term for the 46-year-old daughter of the former president convicted of corruption.

Potential flash point

The hearing represented a potential flash point at a time of already high tension in the country following the second round of the presidential vote on June 6.

Fujimori faced the socialist Pedro Castillo.

Castillo has been declared the winner after emerging with 44,058 more votes with more than 17.5 million votes counted.

However, Fujimori has refused to admit defeat and has requested the disqualification of up to 200,000 votes for fraud, an allegation on which he has not provided public evidence.

Over the weekend, thousands of supporters of both candidates, Fujimori and Castillo, took to the streets to call for democracy to prevail and for the electoral jury to weigh Fujimori’s claim of fraud to work faster. [Alessandro Cinque/Reuters]

The election pitted Castillo, a teacher and union leader with support in mostly poor rural areas, against the free market Fujimori, the scion of a powerful family whose patrons include most of Peru’s urban elite.

Over the weekend, thousands of supporters of both candidates took to the streets to call for democracy to prevail and for the electoral jury weighing Fujimori’s fraud claim to work faster.

If Fujimori won the elections, the criminal proceedings against him would be paralyzed until the end of his administration.

Pollster Ipsos Peru has said that a statistical analysis of the ballots revealed no evidence of abnormal voting patterns favoring any candidate.

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