Peru: Deputy minister in Peru faces possible jail time in graft case

Author(s): Mitra Taj, Marco Aquino | Date: October 25, 2016 | Language: English
Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/nv7ovQ | Type: Text

Peruvian prosecutors on Monday asked a court to sentence a deputy minister accused of graft to nine years in prison, in a case that could undermine President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s bid to show he is tough on corruption.
Prosecutors charged Deputy Agriculture Minister Juan Carlos Gonzales of colluding to favour an unqualified businesswoman in supply contracts for nutrition programs when he was an official in the city of Tumbes, the attorney general’s office said in a statement.
The announcement follows a corruption scandal involving a Kuczynski’s health advisor earlier this month that knocked his popularity and prompted him to promise an “exhaustive” review of officials close to him and his ministers.

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