Peru: Peru’s Vizcarra denies new corruption allegations, prosecutors to investigate

 Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra denied allegations on Monday that he had received a payout from a construction company that won a public works contract when he was a regional governor, as prosecutors said they would open a preliminary investigation.

Vizcarra, who was sworn in as president in 2018, received bribes worth a total 1.3 million soles ($363,000) between 2014 and 2016, according to testimony that forms part of a broader investigation underway by government prosecutors into construction firms.

That testimony was published by several local media outlets on Sunday.

Prosecutor Germán Juárez – a member of a team that investigates bribes from Peruvian and foreign construction companies – said he would investigate Vizcarra for “the alleged crimes of bribery and collusion,” according to a letter he wrote to his superiors that was also published in local media and viewed by Reuters.

The original full article can be found at reuters.com

(Photo: AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)

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