Judge orders detention of former Peruvian president

Judge orders detention of former Peruvian president
FILE - In this March 9, 2017 file photo, Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski listens to a question during a press conference in Lima, Peru. A judge in Peru on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, ordered the detention for 10 days of Kucyznksi as part of a money laundering probe into his consulting work for Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, at the heart of Latin America’s biggest graft scandal. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A judge in Peru has ordered the 10-day detention of former President Pedro Pablo Kucyznksi as part of a money laundering probe into his consulting work for the company at the heart of Latin America’s biggest graft scandal.

The 80-year-old Kuczynski resigned last year after opposition lawmakers seeking his impeachment revealed that his private consulting firm had received some 82,000 in previously undisclosed payments from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht more than a decade ago.

Some of those payments overlap with his years as a government minister

The preliminary arrest of the pro-American conservative was ordered Wednesday.

Three of Kuczynski’s predecessors have also been charged or are under investigation for alleged ties to Odebrecht.