California judge Thomas Hixson on Friday denied former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo’s motion to prevent his extradition to the country after his defense raised formal problems.
The ex-president’s lawyers had pointed out the lack of indictment and non-compliance with the requirements set out in the extradition contract, which the judge ignored and decided that the trial should continue.
Judge Hixson made it clear that if the US courts were to analyze each country’s criminal proceedings, they would be sentenced to become “experts” on foreign law. “A task that is likely to lead to mistakes,” he reports, reports the local newspaper ‘El Comercio’.
For this reason, and despite recognizing the error in Peru’s extradition request, the US judge has decided to reject the application submitted by Toledo’s defense to refuse his extradition due to formalities.
Toledo faces charges by the Peruvian judiciary, who accused him of receiving roughly $ 35 million in bribes from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht in exchange for privileges on public works tenders.