Gregorio Santos, a vigorous opponent of the Conga gold project (suspended since 2011), is to be detained for 14 months while charges are prepared against him, on the grounds that he might interfere with the ongoing corruption enquiry or seek to leave Peru. The prosecution is claiming that Santos received bribes over the awarding of public works contracts. Santos plans to run for re-election as president of Cajamarca region from prison. He denies the charges against him. He is the third regional president detained in this way in recent months as part of the government’s clampdown on corruption.