Peru’s President Appeals to Trump to Deport Fallen Ex-leader

February 13, 2017 Updated: February 14, 2017
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LIMA, Peru—The leader of Peru has asked U.S. President Donald Trump to deport a former Peruvian president sought in his homeland on suspicion of taking bribes as part of a regional corruption scandal.

The request came in a phone conversation Sunday between President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and Trump.

Alejandro Toledo after voting in the general elections, in Lima, Peru on April 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
Alejandro Toledo after voting in the general elections, in Lima, Peru on April 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Last week a Peruvian court ordered the arrest of ex-President Alejandro Toledo as prosecutors investigate whether he took $20 million in payments from construction firm Odebrecht in exchange for favoring the Brazilian company in a major highway contract.

Peru says it believes Toledo is in San Francisco. Local media reported he had intended to go to Israel until that country’s government said he would be denied entry.

In a nationwide address Sunday, Kuczysnki called on Toledo to return to Peru to face justice.