(CNN) The lead prosecutor in an ongoing Peruvian corruption case called on a judge on Thursday to send presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori back to the preventive jail in connection with an ongoing corruption case, even when votes continue to be recorded.
Fujimori has rejected the request as absurd. “The prosecutor knows where I live, I do not want to flee,” she said.
She is currently leading Pedro Castillo, a high school teacher who has never held a public office, on a whim to become Peru̵
Jose Domingo Perez, chief prosecutor in the so-called Odebrecht corruption case, claimed on Thursday that Fujimori had violated restrictions in the case, which has been under investigation since 2018. According to the state news agency Andina, Perez accused Fujimori of violating the “code of conduct”. prohibits her from communicating with witnesses.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Keiko Fujimori was seen with Miguel Torres, a witness to the Odebrecht case, according to Andina. Torres was introduced as a lawyer and spokesman for Fujimori’s party, Fuerza Popular.
Fujimori, daughter of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, has been the subject of a lengthy investigation into corruption since 2018. Prosecutors recently asked a court for a 30-year prison sentence on charges related to organized crime and money laundering. She has denied the allegations and is not formally charged.
She was released from the Preventive Prison for the second time in five months in May 2020 on conditions that included a ban on communication with others involved in the investigation.
If Fujimori wins the election, the investigation of her would be suspended until her term ends in 2026, prosecutors in the case have said.
In the last presidential election in 2016, Fujimori lost to former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski by 49.9% of the vote against 50.1% for Kuczynski.
Since then, Peru has witnessed great political volatility. Last year, interim president Francisco Sagasti became the country’s fourth president in less than five years after Congress voted to oust popular former president Martin Vizcarra and Vizcarra’s successor, Manuel Merino, stepped down.
Peruvians are most concerned about how the country will recover from the pandemic, which has revealed sharp inequality that persists despite significant increases in gross domestic product (GDP) and declines in the average poverty rate in recent decades.
Both candidates have proposed reforms related to the main mining sector, but Fujimori is relying on government benefit packages to attract voters, while Castillo has pushed for structural changes in the economy.