LIMA – A prominent Peruvian businessman who was said to have escaped from house arrest in Bolivia pending extradition back to Peru on corruption charges contacted the media to say he was kidnapped from his place of confinement in La Paz, but managed to get away from his captors.
Martin Belaunde Lossio, a former campaign adviser to President Ollanta Humala, spoke Tuesday night in a telephone interview with Peru’s Canal N television.
He said he suffered multiple contusions when he jumped out of the car in which two men transported him after he was taken by force last Sunday from the residence in La Paz where he was under house arrest.
“I was kidnapped. I have not fled because I don’t need to. There were criminal procedures pending in Bolivia,” he said in a reference to the extradition process initiated by Peru.
“That, I won’t tell you,” Belaunde Lossio said when reporter Milagros Leiva asked him where he was.
“I worry not just about my freedom, but about my life and the freedom of all my family,” he said.
“If the assassins they have hired find me, I think my life is in danger,” Belaunde Lossio said. “That’s why I plead for help from some friendly government.”
“I call on the international community to take up my case, or a friendly country willing to stand up to two persecutor governments such as the ones in Peru and Bolivia, to support me because my life is in danger,” he said before hanging up.
Belaunde Lossio is accused in Peru of illegal lobbying and influence-peddling.