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Court orders arrest of ex-president Alejandro Toledo

A Peruvian court has issued an international warrant for the arrest

of ex-President Alejandro Toledo on suspicions of taking bribes from a Brazilian construction giant at the heart of a region-wide corruption scandal. Judge Richard Concepcion late on Thursday (local time) accepted a request by prosecutors that Toledo be jailed as they investigate allegations he received $20m in bribes from Odebrecht in exchange for permission to build a highway connecting Brazil with the Peruvian coast. The order calls on Toledo to be placed under "preventative custody" for 18 months, while demanding for his "immediate location, capture and confinement." Toledo, who is believed to be in the French capital, Paris, has denied any wrongdoing. "Say when, how and where and in what bank they've given me $20m," Toledo said in an interview with a local radio station over the weekend.