Israel Bans Former Peruvian President

Peru has been informed by USA authorities that they are not planning to keep the South American nation's former president Alejandro Toledo, who is wanted in connection with a corruption probe, from boarding a flight to Israel from California on Saturday night, a source in Peru's Interior Ministry said.

The Times of Israel adds that Toledo is also a longtime friend of Israeli businessman Yosef Maiman, who Peruvian prosecutors say acted as a mediator in the bribery scandal and accepted over $10 million in bribes. This is especially true with no explanation forthcoming from the Departments of State or Justice.

Ex-President Alejandro Toledo was slated to board a United Airlines flight scheduled to leave San Francisco International Airport at around 8 p.m. for Tel Aviv.

Overall, Odebrecht officials said the company paid officials in Peru $29 million in bribes to secure government public works contracts from 2005-14, which includes the alleged bribes under presidencies of Toledo's successors Alan Garcia and Ollanta Humala.

Peru has an extradition treaty with the United States but does not have one with Israel.

Judge Richard Concepcion late on Thursday (local time) accepted a request by prosecutors that Toledo be jailed as they investigate allegations he received $20m in bribes from Odebrecht in exchange for permission to build a highway connecting Brazil with the Peruvian coast.

Interpol issued a red alert notice to 190 member countries to search for and capture Toledo, Kuczynski's Cabinet said on Friday.

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

Toledo, a former World Bank economist, served as Peru's president from 2001 to 2006.

Maiman did not respond immediately to requests for comment.

Jorge Barata, Odebrecht's former executive director who is cooperating with global anti-corruption authorities, accused Toledo of receiving $20 million in bribes from Odebrecht for a contract to build a highway between Brazil and Peru.

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