Sunday, May 22, 2022

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.

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

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.

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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.”

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

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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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