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Peru opposition leader Keiko Fujimori ordered to prison during trial

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Renzo Pipoli
Peruvian opposition leader Keiko Fujimori arrives at the prosecutor's office in Lima, Peru, on October 10. Photo by Mario Zapata/EPA-EFE
Peruvian opposition leader Keiko Fujimori arrives at the prosecutor's office in Lima, Peru, on October 10. Photo by Mario Zapata/EPA-EFE

Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Peruvian opposition leader Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of former Peruvian ruler Alberto Fujimori, has been ordered to prison for 36 months.

The judge ordered a review for Fujimori, 43, the wife of U.S. citizen Mark Vito, to examine possibilities of escape and other factors to determine what type of prison to send her to RPP radio reported Thursday. She spent the night in detention after a judge ordered her Wednesday to jail while she's tried in connection to illegal campaign contributions.

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State attorneys are investigating Fujimori, who led the opposition in Peru after narrowly losing the 2016 presidential election to former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. Officials are looking into funding for her campaigns.

Prosecutors say she received illegal financing from Odebrecht, a Brazilian conglomerate that has been involved in corruption cases throughout Latin America related to infrastructure projects.

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The charges are based on writings by former company CEO Marcelo Odebrecht.

Alberto Fujimori was imprisoned on charges of human rights abuses and pardoned by Kuczynski last year. He was ordered back to prison last month.

Kuczynski resigned in March, in a move that was considered an attempt to avoid impeachment over suspicions he traded Fujimori's pardon for election votes. He barely avoided impeachment in December 2017.

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Odebrecht is a Brazilian conglomerate involved in engineering, construction, chemicals and has operations worldwide.

In June 2015, Brazilian authorities arrested Odebrecht on bribery charges linked to some of Peru's largest state-owned companies. Since then, there have been similar probes in other countries where Odebrecht operates.

In August, former President Ollanta Humala and his wife were freed after spending nine months in prison awaiting trials on corruption-related charges also related to Odebrecht.

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A U.S. judge ordered Odebrecht last year to pay $2.6 billion in fines.

Alberto Fujimori's government was marked by his 1992 decision to dissolve Congress and call for new elections. While his government was credited with recovering economic stability and ending guerrilla wars, it was also blamed for human rights abuses, including killings by death squads.

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