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Peru's Fujimori Faces Money-laundering Investigation


A woman runs in the rainstorm as Typhoon Mangkhut approaches, in Shenzhen, China.

Prosecutors in Peru have launched a money laundering probe against presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori and her husband.

The investigation opened without fanfare in March, but became widely known Friday after a report in the Lima-based newspaper El Comercio.

The investigation is focused on alleged suspicious financial transactions and campaign contributions.

Fujimori has denied any wrongdoing.

The allegation comes just two weeks before Peruvians go to the polls to vote for a new president, and two days after a Fujimori aide stepped down because of an unrelated money laundering scheme investigation.

Fujimori is in a tight race against former World Bank economist Pedro Kuczynski to become Peru's leader.

The center-right politician would be Peru's first female president if she wins the runoff vote next month.

Her election is not a sure thing as many Peruvians have vowed to never vote for anyone associated with her father, Alberto Fujimori.

Keiko Fujimori has tried to distance herself from her father's authoritarian rule of Peru from 1990 to 2000. The former president is serving a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses and corruption during his term.

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