Peru's Humala says backs investigation of VP

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Posted: Oct 20, 2011 2:18 PM

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's President Ollanta Humala said on Thursday he backed corruption investigations into Vice President Omar Chehade but would wait for results from public prosecutors before taking any action.

Chehade is accused of asking a police general to help his brother evict workers from a cooperative sugar plantation to help a company that has been trying to take over the farm.

The is the fist big scandal to hit Humala's government since he was sworn in as president in July.

(Reporting by Caroline Stauffer)