Peruvian opposition leader Fujimori freed from Prison

Fujimori and her husband Mark Vito Villanella greet supporters after she was released from the Santa Monica prison on Friday night

Fujimori and her husband Mark Vito Villanella greet supporters after she was released from the Santa Monica prison on Friday night

Opposition leader Keiko Fujimori walked free from a Lima prison Friday night after Peru's highest court annulled her 18-month preventive jail sentence for obstructing a money-laundering probe. Her American husband, Mark Vito, had been on hunger strike outside his wife's prison on the outskirts of Lima to press for her release.

Keiko Fujimori called her prison stay the "most painful time of my life, so the first thing I want to do now is thank God for giving me the strength to resist".

Prosecutors allege she led a criminal organisation and received millions of dollars from Odebrecht, which is at the centre of a region-wide corruption scandal.

She is accused of concealing illegal campaign funds obtained from a Brazilian construction firm, but Peru's Constitutional Tribunal ruled Monday that she shouldn't be detained pending trial.

Peru is about to hold its legislative elections on January 26 after President Martin Vizcarra's government collapsed amid a battle with opposition political leaders over his anti-corruption campaign.Fujimori's Popular Force party had held a majority in Congress before its dissolution.

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Fujimori has denied the allegations.

Fujimori is the daughter of the country's authoritarian former President Alberto Fujimori, who is serving a 25-year sentence for human rights crimes and corruption.

Her supporters also carried the orange banners of her political party.

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra has called for new legislative elections on January 26 after dissolving the unicameral Peruvian Congress in September as part of an anti-corruption campaign. "I will continue to face the investigation, as I have always done", she said.

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