October 31, 2018 / 10:33 PM / 21 days ago

Peru opposition leader Fujimori ordered back to jail by judge

LIMA, Oct 31 (Reuters) - A judge on Wednesday ordered Peru’s opposition leader, Keiko Fujimori, back to jail pending a trial over allegations she used her conservative party to launder money for Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

The daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori and a twice-defeated presidential candidate, Fujimori has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and described the prosecution’s efforts to imprison her to keep her from fleeing “political persecution.”

Fujimori, 43, spent a week in police custody earlier this month before being released on appeal. (Reporting by Mitra Taj; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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