For nearly two years now the Peruvian prosecuting attorney’s office investigates a huge corruption scandal involving former First Lady Nadine Heredia.
It’s about money laundering linked to illegal contributions for the losing 2006 and successful 2011 presidential election campaigns of her husband Ollanta Humala and bribery.
Ongoing investigations revealed that Humala’s presidential campaigns may not only have been illegally financed by Venezuela and the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, engulfed at the moment in a major corruption scandal, but that Nadine Heredia herself received the contributions and didn’t forward them to the actual beneficiary, the Peruvian Nationalist Party, which she still presides.
While so far only Nadine Heredia, a few family members and friends were investigated, now former president Ollanta Humala is in the crossfire as well. Last Monday (10th of October) the banking and tax secrecy of the former presidential couple was lifted. Then a day later the Peruvian prosecutor announced that Humala is included in the investigations against his wife and charged with money laundering, accepting illegal election campaign donations and bribery including the allegedly receipt of contributions from illegal miners.
And on Thursday (13th of October) the Peruvian congress approved the creation of an independent commission against corruption. This special panel is supposed to look deeper into Humala’s involvement in the placement of concession contracts for the gas pipeline Gasoducto Sur Peruano and for the second metro route in Lima as well as export contracts of the Peruvian gas company Camisea.