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Three ex-presidents of Peru in Odebrecht payoffs probe

AFP  |  Lima 

Prosecutors in today opened an investigation into allegations that three former presidents took bribes disguised as campaign funds from Odebrecht, the Brazilian at the centre of region-wide political scandals.

Former presidents Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, and all took money for their campaigns in exchange for pledges to have the Brazilian win local tenders, prosecutors said.

opened a preliminary investigation of money laundering against the trio, as well as three individuals close to each of them, according to a statement from his office.

The investigation stems from questioning of Jorge Barata, a Brazilian who was a former boss in

He told Brazilian investigators that he doled out millions of dollars to Peruvian presidential candidates between 2001 and 2016.

In the 2011 elections, gave money to four candidates, Barata told prosecutors: USD 1.2 million to Keiko Fujimori, son of former Alberto Fujimori; USD 700,000 to Toledo; and USD 300,000 to Kuczynski.

Meanwhile, Barata said Luis Alva Castro, who was close to Garcia 's campaign, received more than USD 200,000.

Fujimori is known to have been investigated over similar payoffs but was not named in this step.

Peruvian prosecutors have previously announced they are investigating former (2011-2016) for allegedly taking USD 3 million in bribes from is the Latin American nation that has been most seriously rocked by the Odebrecht scandal, after itself.

-- who was to as well as -- took office on March 23 after Kuczynski stepped down amid corruption allegations, shortly before he was to face impeachment.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 07:25 IST