Corruption / Peruvian opposition leader released from jail

Peruvian politician Keiko Fujimori waves to supporters next to her husband Mark Villanella as she is released from prison in Lima on Friday.-AFP

Peruvian opposition leader Keiko Fujimori was on Friday released from prison after spending 13 months in pretrial detention in a corruption case linked to Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. Her American husband, Mark Vito, had been on hunger strike outside his wife's prison on the outskirts of Lima to press for her release.

"I have lived though the most painful moment of my life", Fujimori told reporters, adding the decision to release her "corrected a process full of abuse and arbitrariness".

Known simply as Keiko by followers and political rivals alike, Fujimori emerges from prison to a very different political landscape to the one she left just over a year ago.

The country is preparing to hold legislative elections on January 26 after President Martin Vizcarra dissolved Congress amid a battle with politicians over his anti-corruption campaign.

In the court's November 25 ruling, three justices said prosecutors didn't provide sufficient evidence directly linking Fujimori to the payments from Odebrecht.

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Fujimori, who still faces an eventual trial on the corruption allegations, said she would continue to cooperate with Peru's judiciary.

The daughter of the former president Alberto Fujimori was fulfilled by her husband along with a bunch of cheering supporters.

Fujimori is the chief of this right-wing Popular Force celebration.

Keiko Fujimori's party had held a majority in Congress before its dissolution. Earlier this year, former president Alan Garcia killed himself to avoid arrest in the probe.

Popular Force, a conservative right-wing group, has announced it will participate in the January elections, but Fujimori is not expected to take part.

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