Keiko Fujimori

The opposition leader in the Peruvian Congress, Keiko Fujimori, has been arrested as part of an investigation into money laundering.

Fujimori, the daughter of the former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, was detained along with her husband.

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The judge said they would be held initially for 1days along with 19 other suspects.

Prosecutors allege she was involved in accepting illegal contributions to her party by the Brazilian firm, Odebrecht.

Fujimori denies any wrong-doing.

She was shown on television on Wednesday in a car in handcuffs after being detained.

Prosecutors have accused her of leading a criminal group inside her party that took $1.2m (£920,000) in illegal funds from Odebrecht for use during her 2011 presidential election campaign.

In a letter published on social media after her arrest, Fujimori said she was being politically persecuted.

The arrest came a week after her father had a presidential pardon revoked by a judge.

Alberto Fujimori is expected to return to jail to continue serving a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses.

Keiko Fujimori said her father’s arrest was “abusive”.

Her Fuerza Popular party has been a powerful opposition force and it currently controls Congress.