A Peruvian court will hold the preliminary hearing on Tuesday for the long-awaited trial against former presidential candidate and right-wing opposition leader Keiko Fujimori, who risks a 30-year prison sentence for alleged money laundering and other corruption charges.
The eldest daughter of the imprisoned ex- president Alberto Fujimori returns to the forefront almost three months after the ballot in which she was close to winning the presidency, which would have given her immunity to avoid the process and postpone the five-year mandate.
On March 11, the prosecutor José Domingo Pérez asked the courts that the populist leader be sentenced to 30 years and 10 months in prison for the corruption scandal of the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, which also affected four former Peruvian presidents. She denies the charges.
The hearing on "control of the accusation" this Tuesday is a preliminary stage to the criminal trial and will be directed by Judge Víctor Zuñiga.
Keiko Fujimori will not be present at the hearing, but her lawyer will, a source from her environment assured AFP. The defendants are not required to attend this intermediate phase of the process, the last one prior to a trial.
In this phase, which can last days or weeks, the magistrate evaluates the prosecution and must decide whether to accept all or part of the accusatory file.
The judge is the same one who sent her to preventive prison in January 2020, from where she was released three months later due to the pandemic. However, last June he dismissed sending her to jail for a new prosecutor's request.
Since May 2020 Keiko Fujimori has been on probation, which prevents her from leaving Lima or traveling abroad without judicial permission, and even meeting or speaking with witnesses in the case.
The prosecution accuses Fujimori, 46 years old and mother of two adolescent daughters, of money laundering, organized crime, obstruction of justice and false statement in an administrative procedure.
With her, 39 other people have been accused, such as her husband, the American Mark Vito Villanella, and former assistants and members of the leadership of her Fuerza Popular party .