- William D. Olmo
- BBC News World Correspondent in Peru
The Peruvian Prosecutor’s Office, through a constitutional complaint, formally accused President Pedro Castillo of leading a criminal organization within his government.
According to the nation’s Attorney General Patricia Benavides, the investigation has revealed indications that Castillo is the leader of a network responsible for criminal organization, influence peddling and organized crime.
Benavides said it was happening.An outrageous obstruction of justice“From that network, entrenched in the government with the aim of capturing, controlling and directing contractual processes to derive illicit profits”.
President Castillo responded in a press conference with international media that “these accusations have no basis in fact” and that “they are contrived”. He also promised to prove his innocence “A new form of conspiratorial rule has begun in Peru”.
The formal impeachment of the president marks a new chapter in the Peruvian political crisis and opens a new phase of uncertainty about the future of the presidency.
But what are the facts thrust upon him that may cost him?
The prosecutor’s office conducted several raids on Tuesday, including at homes allegedly linked to the investigated plot The President’s sister In San Juan de Luricancho, a populous neighborhood in Lima.
Prosecutor Benavides promised that investigators had found “very serious and revealing signs” of an alleged criminal network in the government, though he did not say which ones.
The President revealed His rage “Prosecutor’s office has entered my sister’s home. My mother is there. This heinous act has affected her health. I hold the National Prosecution Office responsible for my mother’s health,” he tweeted.
An investigation has been opened SIX INQUIRIESMore than a year into Castillo’s presidency, preliminary investigations and the constitutional impeachment filed Friday are the culmination of headlines about alleged irregularities and illegal activities by his entourage.
In May, a search and arrest warrant had already been issued against two of the president’s sons-in-law, Fray Vázquez Castillo and Gian Marco Castillo Gómez. According to the same account, she raised the same as her daughter and was jailed on August 31, accused of belonging to a network led by Castillo.
Ongoing investigations at the prosecutor’s office are varied and Some are interconnectedBut no one passed the initial stage.
According to the Peruvian Constitution, the President can only be impeached for treason against the country, preventing the holding of elections, unnecessarily dissolving or obstructing the assembly of Congress, and incapacitating electoral systems.
However, the prosecution claims that Special procedure Constitutional complaint It allows for the determination of whether those with immunity (such as the president and congressmen) have committed crimes in the course of their duties, including abuse of power or corruption.
According to some experts, this is the first time this number has been used in the country.
First it is Analyzes the Subcommittee on Constitutional Impeachment A congressional hearing will begin and prepare a report, and then the defendant will be called to present his defense before Congress, in this case President Castillo, the complainant, the prosecutor’s office, and experts and witnesses.
A statement was issued saying more than half of Congress needed a vote to move forward.
If approved by Congress, the nation’s attorney could file a criminal case against Castillo before the Supreme Court and Congress could impeach or suspend the president.
The government ensures that This initiative is unconstitutional.
The ministry is suspicious
The Ministry of Transport is a priority subject of investigations. According to the prosecutor’s office, Castillo and his former transportation minister, Juan Silva, fled. It also supported some entrepreneurs In awarding public contracts in return for irregular payments.
The prosecutor’s office issued a request to another of Castillo’s former transportation ministers, Gaynor Alvarado. The extent of the ban on leaving the countryCastillo’s fugitive son-in-law is also said to belong to the gang.
The sons-in-law would have profited from the concession of the bridge project in the north of the country. Castillo’s former secretary, Bruno Pacheco, was charged in the same operation, seized for US$20,000 in the bathroom of his office in the Government Palace.
Works under suspicion on your land
According to the prosecutor’s office’s account, the network led by Castillo may have tried to profit from the housing ministry’s public contracts in his home province of Chota.
It was this matter that landed his sister-in-law, Yennefer Paredes, in prison, who appeared on the recording of Quarto Poder’s show. Managing the execution of cleaning tasks in the municipality of Sotano with local businessman Hugo Espino.
These offices were also included in the raids conducted on Tuesday 6 Congressmen A member of the popular action party known in local media as “Los Niños” and the prosecutor’s office are also members of Castillo’s criminal organization.
They are Raúl Dorotio Carbajo, Juan Carlos Mori, Jorge Luis Flores Uncachi, Darwin Espinoza Vargas, Ilyich López Urena and Elvis Vergara Mendoza.
The prosecutor’s office announced that reports in the Peruvian media indicated that Castillo was involved in criminal activities “with children”. Testimony Businesswoman Karelim Lopez Arredondo pointed out that they would all be part of the Ministry of Transportation’s corruption network.
The business woman uses effective cooperation with the justice system to gain practical benefits in the case she is involved in.
Congressmen were characteristic Vote for Castillo’s interests Despite belonging to a rival group in Congress.
Promotions in Police and Armed Forces
Although prosecutor Benavides did not mention it as one of the issues supporting his constitutional charges against the president, the prosecutor’s office is also investigating Castillo’s role in irregularities in the promotion of high-ranking officers of the armed forces. custody
The prosecutor’s office believes that Castillo, along with former Defense Secretary Walter Ayala and his former private secretary Bruno Pacheco, solicited several officers to be promoted to the rank of general and tried to get money in return. Those promotions.
Castillo has been subpoenaed to testify in the matter on August 4 He wanted to exercise his right not to testify.
Departure of the Home Minister
The departure of Interior Minister Mariano Gonzalez from the government led to a new judicial filing against Castillo.
Gonzalez announced to the media after he was fired In revenge For assigning highly skilled police officers tasked with tracking down fugitives like Castillo’s nephews.
“It seems mature that he is questioning the best experts to look for fugitives,” Gonzalez said.
This may be the case for the lawyer A crime against AAdministration of justice By the President.
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