NEW YORK – Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo accused the leader of the Fuerza Popular party, Keiko Fujimori, of contriving his political persecution, and of taking advantage of her congressional majority to control, by means of blackmail, the government of President Pablo Kuczynski.
“Nowadays I am a victim of political persecution and they want to disappear me, so I don’t stand in the way of a future election of Keiko Fujimori,” Toledo told EFE in an interview that aired on Sunday.
In a long conversation in which he revealed his conspiracy theory about why Fujimori wants him out of the game, Toledo said that neither her father, the former President Alberto Fujimori, nor she herself, have pardoned him for bringing down his regime in the year 2000.
But that isn’t the reason she persecuted him, nor was it because of the support he extended, first to Ollanta Humala in 2011, and afterwards to Kuczynski in 2016 in order to stop Keiko Fujimori from taking power in former presidential elections, according to his theory.
“I am a very strong obstacle,” and the target “of political revenge, of indescribable political persecution,” said the former president, who had an arrest warrant and extradition order issued by his country for suspected acceptance of bribes worth $20 million from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.
“They don’t want to try me, they want to hang me!” he said with indignation to justify his stay in the United States since the Peruvian judiciary ordered his arrest and later his extradition.
As part of his conspiracy theory, Toledo lamented that “in Latin America the courts are politicized.”
“The appointment of prosecutors and judges is done by those in power. And those in the judiciary now are named, rewarded and promised seats in congress when the next election comes around,” he said.
He said the forces of Keiko Fujimori “have placed judges and prosecutors ad hoc” in Peru’s judiciary, and have the current president “cornered.”
“They have him cornered because Keiko Fujimori has an absolute majority in congress. The minister of transport and communications has just resigned – Minister (Martin) Vizcarra, who is coincidentally also the first vice president of the republic.
Though he said wouldn’t speculate, Toledo believes that “the one who governs the country through blackmail” is the one who “has a majority in congress, the Fujimorists and the Aprista party,” and that the country risks falling into dictatorship once again.