Peru's wanted ex-president said fleeing to Israel from US

Peru says wanted ex-president likely in U.S. may flee to Israel

LIMA, Peru-Peruvian authorities moved to detain a former president tied to a regionwide graft scandal, offering a $30,000 reward for his capture and alerting Interpol that he may be in the US or Israel.

TV Channel N reported that Toledo plans to embark on a United Airlines Flight 954 from San Francisco to Tel Aviv. Peru does not have an extradition treaty with Israel.

Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction company involved in the largest corruption scandal in the country, acknowledged distributing US$20 million to win contracts during Toledo's 2001-2006 government.

The source said it was unclear why the United States did not want to detain Toledo.

The dispute threatens to strain relations between the United States and one of its traditional allies in South America.

An arrest warrant and hefty reward was issued through Interpol on Thursday night for his alleged role in an worldwide scandal involving Odebrecht, a construction conglomerate from Brazil.

Peru has said Interpol issued a red alert to 190 member countries to help find him, but Toledo does not appear on its list of wanted persons.


Concepcion ordered Toledo to spend up to 18 months in preventative prison while prosecutors investigate his alleged involvement in taking $20 million in bribes Odebrecht SA supposedly gave him to gain permission to construct a highway connecting Brazil and the Peruvian coast. Benitez declined to say where Toledo was, citing a confidentiality agreement with his client.

Toledo, who has an economics degrees from Stanford University, has denied wrongdoing and has not been charged or convicted of any crimes.

Maiman has not responded to requests for comment.

Alejandro Toledo is alleged to have taken a Dollars $20 million bribe for awarding a lucrative contract to Odebrecht (La Mula).

In Panama, a former personal adviser to President Juan Carlos Varela on Thursday said on his former boss had accepted campaign donations from Odebrecht.

The U.S. Justice and State Departments did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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