Money laundering probe against Peru's first lady

By Drum Digital
04 February 2015

A prosecutor has reopened a money-laundering investigation into about R2.4 million in bank deposits to first lady Nadine Heredia before husband Ollanta Humala was elected Peru's president.

A prosecutor has reopened a money-laundering investigation into about R2.4 million in bank deposits to first lady Nadine Heredia before husband Ollanta Humala was elected Peru's president.

Prosecutor Marco Cardenas told RPP radio Tuesday that new evidence had emerged since the case was dropped in 2009.

The probe stems from deposits into Heredia's bank account from 2006 to 2009 by relatives and friends of unsubstantiated origin, according to a 2009 report by Peru's Financial Investigations Unit.

Humala lost the 2006 presidential vote and was elected in 2011.

Heredia has not commented on the case. Humala told reporters Tuesday that he has seen nothing new to merit its reopening.

Humala's term ends next year. Although frequently mentioned as a potential successor, Heredia has said she is not interested in running.

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