Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Peru: Judge orders continuous detention of Castillo

LIMA ( Associated Press) – A judge ordered Peru’s ousted President Pedro Castillo to remain in custody Tuesday, rejecting his appeal as authorities continued to build a case of subversion against him.

The decision by the Supreme Court judge, César San Martín Castro, could spark violent protests in various parts of the country, where the population is demanding Castillo’s independence, the resignation of his successor and the immediate appointment of a general. Election to choose a new president and replace all members of Congress.

Castillo’s announcement last Wednesday on national television that he had dissolved Congress by presidential order was “not just an act of speech, but a concrete expression of his will to change the constitutional system and the configuration of public powers.” The judge insisted.

In the coming years, prosecutors plan to seek custody of Castillo for up to three years.

Hours earlier, Castillo declared at his hearing that he had been “wrongfully and arbitrarily detained,” and thanked his supporters for all they had done since his arrest.

The judge noted that evidence indicated that Castillo was stopped on his way to the Mexican embassy to request asylum. He was detained shortly after being fired by lawmakers after trying to dissolve Congress before the impeachment vote.

Castillo declared, “I will never resign or give up on this popular cause that has brought me here.” Later, in an apparent reference to the violent protests caused by his detention, he urged the national police and armed forces to “lay down their weapons and stop killing people thirsty for justice”.

Demonstrations have been particularly violent outside the capital, Lima. Peru’s ombudsman’s office lowered the death toll to six on Tuesday from protests that began on Wednesday. The office said in a statement that it removed one person from the list after the National Civil Registration Agency determined that the person “does not exist.”

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Associated Press writer Franklin Brisino contributed to this report from Andahuellas, Peru.

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