MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – Mexico announced Tuesday that it has granted asylum to the family of former Peruvian President Pedro Castillo, who are already at the country’s diplomatic headquarters in Lima, Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said.
“They are already at the embassy,” he said during the presidential morning conference. “Safe conduct is now being negotiated” to leave Peru if they wish, he added, without giving further details about who and how many relatives had been granted asylum.
Castillo is married and has two children.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador spoke a day earlier in favor of holding early elections in Peru to get out of the crisis facing the country and in which more than twenty people have died.
Mexico initially offered asylum to Castillo, currently detained and investigated for alleged crimes of insurrection, conspiracy, abuse of authority and serious disturbance of the public peace.
The comments from the Mexican government, which described Castillo’s removal as a “soft coup” and regarded him as president, strained relations between the two countries.
Peru’s foreign ministry announced on 15 December that it summoned its ambassadors to Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia and Colombia for consultations for “interference in the internal affairs” of that country.
The four countries signed a joint statement saying Castillo had been the victim of political “persecution” since he took office last year and urged the Andean country to “avoid subverting the popular will” in elections.