During the fiscal investigation, Keiko Fujimori and Mark Vito Villanella acted as an indissoluble couple, solidly united, and not only before the cameras but also before the justice system. The announcement of the separation, which occurred just when the prosecutor José Domingo Pérez is substantiating the accusation against Keiko Fujimori as the head of a criminal organization, and Mark Vito Villanellaas an accomplice, will impact the case.
According to the coordinator of the Special Team, the superior prosecutor Rafael Vela, upon divorce, Villanella will no longer have roots, and since she has a US passport and does not face an impediment to leaving the country, she could leave Peru. On February 11, 2019, a court presided over by Judge César Sahuanay Calsín revoked the restriction that Villanella had to leave the country.
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“(With divorce), what varies is the dynamics of the family bond, because They have presented themselves to the authorities as a married couple, with which (Villanella) had roots, had a place to live and a place to locate,” Vela explained.
“With the separation, the situation changes. Because in the peculiar case of Villanella, he is a foreigner and he has the ability and the ability to leave the country easily, because he has a US passport, so he could simply leave the country, “said Vela.
According to the Task Force coordinator, the couple always rejected the accusation of flight risk because, as spouses, they constituted a family with roots. The separation poses the end of that rooting.
“The roots change because they have presented themselves as there is no risk of flight because they are a family constituted in Peru. It’s a dramatic change because Villanella is a foreign citizen, even though he has dual nationality. The still husband of Keiko Fujimori has not abandoned his US nationality,” said the superior prosecutor Rafael Vela.
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Asked if the prosecutor Pérez could require the impediment to leave the country, having changed Villanella’s situation, Vela replied: “The case may be observed by the prosecution, considering the imminence of the next trial (of Fujimori and Villanella)”, Vela pointed out.
He did not rule out that in the intermediate stage of the process, the judge could analyze the eventuality of the impediment against Villanella to leave Peru.
Although Keiko Fujimori, when announcing their separation, stated that Villanella had “suffered terrible persecution just for being my husband”, the accusations raised by the prosecutor José Domingo Pérez prove the seriousness of the American’s individual complicity.
There are three fundamental facts that Villanella starred in and that make him a key player in the network of money laundering allegedly collected for the presidential campaigns of his spouse:
1) On November 10 and 12, 2015, he collected a total of US$160,000 from the Sudamericana de Fibras factory, owned by Juan Rassmuss Echecopar, at the same place, and in the same manner, as other co-defendants, such as Jaime Yoshiyama, Augusto Bedoya , Pier Figari, Jorge Yoshiyama, Víctor Shiguiyama and Keiko Fujimori herself. That is, Villanella was part of this clandestine collection of cash, which he then gave to his wife.
2) Effective collaborators and witnesses confirmed that Villanella accompanied his wife in the meetings he held with members of the Construction Club, in which the attendees paid cash that was then given to Villanella.
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3) Businessmen such as Julián Siucho Dextre and José Sam Yuen also participated in the same meetings. These same people would hire Villanella’s company, MVV Bienes Raíces, for the purchase and sale of land for industrial use, for which he received a “commission.”
The prosecution claims that These real estate transactions were a form of money laundering that Keiko Fujimori, Villanella and their accomplices collected from their clandestine contributors. A part was entered in the accounts of the party through false contributors, but it is unknown what they did with the rest, with the most abundant.
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Even the prosecution has obtained the testimonies of businessmen who, according to Villanella, hired him for the sale of real estate and who paid him “commissions.” But these have stated that although it is true Villanella offered them his services, they never reached any agreement. This would show that the MVV Real Estate business would be a great simulation.
These facts were made personally by Mark Vito Villanella. He is charged for his own actions, not for being the husband of Keiko Fujimori.
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by own will
Prosecutor Pérez confirmed that Villanella was not charged for being the husband of Keiko Fujimori, but for his own acts.