Peru's Attorney General's Office has granted a 36-month extension to the probe opened against the former president Alan Garcia over money laundering charges, under the Law fighting Organized Crime.
Garcia, who governed Peru between 1995 and 1990, and again from 2006 and 2011, is formally accused of leading a criminal organization of 31 people, divided in three levels, since 1991.
The first level — the most important and trust-worthy circle — allegedly included Garcia's wife, Argentina's Pilar Nores, and four former ministers of his administration, according to the judicial document.
Garcia denied the accusations and criticized the fact that the prosecutors used the Law against organized crime against him.
His lawyer Genaro Velez announced that he will appeal the final decision, arguing that his client was already investigated over illicit embezzlement and that the procedure was filed one year ago.
“A full investigation will be welcome, but with no abuses, nor human rights violations,” stated Garcia on Twitter, adding that the same prosecutor in charge of his case, Jose Antonio Castellanos, had already filed an investigation over money laundering against him in October 2016.
But the Attorney General's Office argued that the Law against Organized Crime allowed judicial authorities to open a probe when three and more people were suspected of running a corruption ring together during an unlimited period of time.