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Fujimori daughter accused in Peru
Keiko Fujimori
Keiko Fujimori returned to Peru ahead of her wedding
A prosecutor in Peru has filed charges against the daughter of the disgraced ex-President, Alberto Fujimori.

Keiko Fujimori is accused of mishandling charitable donations while she was acting as first lady during her father's term in office in 1998.

A Peruvian judge will decide if there is enough evidence to try the charges, which could lead to five years in jail.

A Fujimori spokesman said the charges were political persecution, to try to stop Ms Fujimori running for Congress.

'Re-routed clothing'

Prosecutor Marta Salinas filed charges alleging that Ms Fujimori redirected donated clothing to the Government Palace.

The used clothing was allegedly intended for flood victims.

Ms Fujimori became Peru's first lady when Mr Fujimori removed his wife from the role after she accused his relatives of corruption, the Associated Press news agency reported.

Ms Fujimori, a student in New York, arrived in Lima last week for her wedding to a US man.

Her father fled Peru two years ago for Japan in the middle of a corruption scandal.

He is wanted by the Peruvian authorities for charges ranging from corruption to authorising death squads, but he denies any wrongdoing.

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