Sunday, May 16, 2021

Ex-leader of Peru arrested for public intoxication in California


Peru’s ex-president — who is wanted in his home country in connection with a massive bribery scandal — was arrested in California for allegedly being wasted in public, authorities said.

Alejandro Toledo was nabbed Sunday night at a restaurant in Menlo Park and then released Monday morning — which is routine for most public drunkenness arrests, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, Rosemerry Blankswade, did not detail what lead cops to arrest Toledo.

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Authorities in Peru have offered a $30,000 reward for Toledo’s capture and are seeking his extradition.

The 72-year-old former president moved to San Francisco shortly after leaving office in 2006 to work and study at Stanford University, the San Francisco Chronicle reported at the time.

He held a variety of fellowships and visiting scholar positions until 2017 — when Peruvian officials announced they were trying to arrest him for allegedly taking $20 million in bribes from a Brazilian construction firm while he was president. He’s said he’s innocent.

In February 2017, then-president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski asked President Trump to deport Toledo.

When reached by Peru’s RPP radio Monday, Toledo said he was at home “writing my book.”

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Asked if he would say why he was arrested, he replied: “I’m not falling into that trap.”

The former leader’s love of booze has been well-documented. During his time in the presidential palace from 2001 to 2006, he reportedly spent $164,000 in spirits, whisky, wine, beer and other alcoholic beverages.

One Lima newspaper said it had the receipts showing Toledo’s administration bought $1,753 bottles of Johnny Walker Black Label Scotch. He dismissed the report claiming: “I don’t even drink whiskey.”


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