Prosecutors here have opened an investigation over a bank account that was used to purchase a home for the mother-in-law of a former Peruvian president.
The Poder Judicial said that the account was frozen still containing $6.5 million.
The former president is Alejandro Toledo, who is now a professor at Stanford University in California. The case also is involved in internal Peruvian politics.
The Poder Judicial said that the investigation would center on money laundering. Toledo’s political opponents have questioned if the bank account in the name of Eva Fernenburg was not really Toledo’s money. A bank account in Panamá also contributed to the purchase of the home.
Prosecutors said they had been asked by their colleagues in Peru to look into the matter. They also were responding to news stories about the home purchase in an exclusive Lima neighborhood. The Peruvian investigation center on the illicit enrichment of public officials. Toledo was president from 2001 to 2006.
The Costa Rican prosecutor involved, Olger Calvo Calderón, said the bank account was in a private institution. He was quoted by the Poder Judicial as saying that there may be other persons, including Costa Ricans, involved.
Toledo has maintained that the purchase of the home and the money involved were totally legal.