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Peruvian Congress Approves Probe on First Lady Over Corruption

Lima, September 18 (teleSUR-RHC)-- Peruvian lawmakers on Wednesday voted in a plenary session to approve the final report issued by the special commission that investigated the alleged corruption charges involving various officials linked to President Ollanta Humala's administration, including his wife.

The document approved by a 76 to 24 vote recommended the prosecutor’s office to further investigate the first lady Nadine Heredia and businessman and former adviser of Humala's presidential campaign, Martin Belaunde, over money laundering charges.
In the report, Belaunde is accused of having “articulated a network of contacts with high state officials and people intimate to the political power,” at the national, regional and local levels.

Moreover, the businessman used such networks in order to obtain economic favors for the Antalsis (construction) company,” which has been granted contracts worth some $150 million during the current presidency.

As for the first lady, the commissioners found that large amounts of funds handled by companies related to Belaunde were not reported to the tax authorities, and were not even put into bank accounts. Some of the funds were sent to Heredia, who is also the president of the ruling Nationalist Party.

Corruption allegations are currently accumulating in Peru, involving the president himself. About a week ago, congress asked the attorney general’s office to investigate the case of police protection illegally assigned to a corrupt business representative by Humala’s administration. 
Edited by Ivan Martínez
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