During a hearing on Friday, Kuczynski’s lawyer also said his client was in danger of “sudden death” following the onset of cardiovascular disease.
Last week, a Peruvian judge ordered Kuczynski to spend up to three years in jail while prosecutors prepare corruption charges against him for allegedly taking bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.
His defense team is trying to get the judges to agree to house arrest.
The decision comes just two days after another former Peruvian president, Alan Garcia, committed suicide to avoid arrest in connection with Odebrecht, a Brazilian firm that has laid waste to Peru’s established political class as it has implicated officials and political leaders in alleged bribery schemes.
Kuczynski, an 80-year-old former Wall Street banker who once held U.S. citizenship, denies wrongdoing. Kuczynski did not attend the hearing before Judge Jorge Chavez on Friday because he is still receiving treatment for heart problems in a local clinic.
(Production: Carlos Valdez)