Fujimori has dismissed the request as absurd. “The prosecutor knows where I live, I’m not going to run away,” she said.
Chief prosecutor Jose Domingo Perez in the Odebrecht corruption case argued on Thursday that Fujimori had violated sanctions in the case, which has been under investigation since 2018. Perez accused Fujimori of the violations, according to the state-run news agency Andina. “rule of conduct” which prevents him from communicating with case witnesses.
According to Andina, during a press conference on Wednesday, Keiko Fujimori was seen with Miguel Torres, a witness in the Odebrecht case. Torres was introduced as the lawyer and spokesman for Fujimori’s party, Fuerza Popular.
Fujimori, the daughter of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, has been the subject of a long-standing corruption investigation since 2018. Prosecutors recently sought a 30-year prison sentence from a court on charges related to organized crime and money laundering. He has denied the allegations and has not been formally charged.
He was released from preventive prison in May 2020 for the second time in five months, which included a ban on communicating with others involved in the investigation.
If Fujimori wins the election, his investigation will be suspended until his mandate expires in 2026, prosecutors in the case have said.
In the last presidential election in 2016, Fujimori lost to former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski with 49.9% of the vote, compared to 50.1% of the vote to Kuczynski.
Since then, Peru has seen great political instability. Last year, interim President Francisco Sagasti became the country’s fourth president in less than five years, when Congress voted to oust popular former President Martin Vizcarra and Vizcarra’s replacement, Manuel Merino, resigned.
Both candidates have proposed reforms related to the key mining sector, but Fujimori is relying on government benefits packages to attract voters, while Castillo has made structural changes to the economy.