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Peru's Kuczynski says graft probe went too far with latest raid

Peru's Kuczynski says graft probe went too far with latest raid
From Reuters - December 7, 2017

LIMA (Reuters) - Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said on Thursday that authorities leading an expanding graft investigation into Brazilian builder Odebrecht had gone too far by raiding the offices of the rightwing opposition party that rules Congress.

The attorney generals office has spent the past year working to identify the recipients of bribes that Odebrecht has admitted paying to secure contracts over a decade-long period in Peru, one of a dozen nations where it has acknowledged crimes.

After entangling two former presidents this year, the investigation has gathered steam again in recent weeks, with four executives of local construction companies jailed pending trial and a former mayor named as a suspect.

On Thursday, prosecutors investigating Odebrechts financing of political campaigns searched the offices of the rightwing opposition party Popular Force, prompting party representatives to accuse the attorney generals office of political bias.

In a rare gesture of sympathy for a party that often attacks him, Kuczynski called for prosecutors and other state authorities to respect the rules of the game.

It worries me to read the news about a raid this morning on the Lima offices of the political party that dominates Congress. And Im not saying this to ingratiate myself with Congress. Im saying this because if there isnt respect for due process, we wont be respected internationally, Kuczynski said in a televised speech at an event with local mayors.

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