Peru VP defends himself in corruption inquiry

November 3, 2011 04:51

LIMA- Peruvian Vice President Omar Chehade defended himself against corruption allegations in Congress on Wednesday, even as three police generals gave testimony that could increase pressure on him to resign.

Chehade, one of popular leftist President Ollanta Humala's two vice presidents, allegedly asked a police general to help his brother evict workers from a sugar cooperative that a private company has been trying to take over.

Leading members of Humala's Gana Peru party have withdrawn support for Chehade since Congress and the attorney general's office decided two weeks ago to open investigations into the first scandal of Humala's term.

Humala, who campaigned on promises to fight widespread corruption, has said he will wait for the investigations to run their course before deciding Chehade's fate.

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