Issued on: 05/05/2020 – 00:52
Peru's opposition leader Keiko Fujimori was released on Monday from a 15-month pre-trial detention on corruption charges after just three months, an AFP reporter witnessed.
Fujimori, who left the woman's prison in the capital Lima on bail wearing a face mask and white gloves, had earlier announced on Twitter that she would head straight from the facility to take a coronavirus test before going home.
The 44-year-old's release came four days after a court granted her bail of 70,000 soles ($20,000).
Fujimori had asked to be released due to fears she might contract the novel coronavirus in the Chorrillos women's jail.
"The first thing I'm going to do after leaving and (before) arriving home is undergo a molecular test so as not to put my family at risk," mother of two Fujimori wrote on Twitter.
She was jailed in January just two months after being released from a previous 13-month pre-trial detention.
Once Peru's most popular politician, Fujimori is accused of accepting $1.2 million in illicit party funding from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht for her unsuccessful 2011 presidential election campaign.
Odebrecht is embroiled in a wide-ranging corruption scandal and has admitted to paying hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to win juicy contracts in 12 countries.