Lawyer calls ex-Peruvian president’s US detention ‘inhumane’
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo has been kept in solitary confinement and only allowed to go outdoors once in the month he has been in U.S. custody while fighting extradition to his native country.
That’s according to Toledo’s federal defense attorney, who argued in court papers filed this month that Toledo should be released on bail because of “inhumane” conditions at a Northern California federal detention facility.
Toledo is wanted in Peru on accusations of taking $20 million in bribes from Odebrecht, a Brazilian company at the center of a corruption scandal.
Toledo, who has denied wrongdoing, was Peru’s president from 2001 to 2006 and has lived in Northern California in recent years.
His lawyer says Toledo is not a flight risk because he has deep ties to the region.