The judge ruled preventative detention was “appropriate and necessary.”
Former Peruvian President Ollanta Humala and his wife Nadine Heredia have been sentenced to 18 months in jail to prevent them from leaving the country while money laundering and corruption charges are prepared against them.
Judge Richard Concepcion Carhuancho ruled that there was a “high probability” that Humala and Heredia would try to evade justice. The judge ruled preventative detention was “appropriate and necessary.”
Former Peruvian President Ollanta Humala and his wife are accused of receiving money from the Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht, the Peruvian firm OAS and the Venezuelan government.
The prosecutor German Juarez claims to have evidence that two Odebrecht former executives sent US$3 million for Humala’s 2011 campaign, on behalf of the Worker’s Party of Brazil.
Juarez said Humala took illicit funds from Venezuela and from the Brazilian construction companies Odebrecht and OAS to finance his 2006 and 2011 presidential bids.
While Humala has been complying with all investigations, he has continued to deny all allegations. “We are complying with all of the prosecutor’s orders. We’ve been collaborating with the investigation because we have a big stake in this being cleared up,” he said to reporters.
At the trial Wednesday, defense lawyers handed the judge the passports of Humala and his wife, Nadia Heredia as a sign of good faith.
Humala will become the second Peruvian president to serve time in prison. Alberto Fujimori, who ruled from 1990 to 2000, is currently serving a 25-year prison term for corruption and human rights violations committed during his tenure as part of state crackdowns on leftist militant groups.