Sunday, January 29, 2023

Peru: Prosecutor’s office investigates Boluaarte for deaths in protests

LIMA ( Associated Press) – Peru’s prosecutor’s office said Friday that it has opened an investigation against President Dina Boluarte after a group of lawyers condemned the deaths in protests against his government following the dismissal of Peru’s congress. President Pedro Castillo.

Clashes between protesters and law enforcement forces killed more than twenty people and injured hundreds, and a state of emergency was declared in the affected provinces.

The current Prime Minister of Peru, Alberto Otarola, is also being investigated for his role as Defense Minister as of 21 December; The ministerial team includes his predecessor, Pedro Angulo, and former interior minister, César Cervantes, among others.

Due to the high rank of the indicated officers the investigation is in charge of the nation’s prosecutor Patricia Benavides. It begins with a complaint filed by lawyers Abimel Mendez, Yuri Martínez, Víctor Porras and Jack Diburga before the prosecutor’s office for human rights, interculturalism and terrorism cases in Ayacucho, the most deadly of these protests. One of the regions, against Boluaarte, Angulo, Otarola and Cervantes.

More than 20 people have been killed and hundreds injured in protests against the new government of Dina Boluaarte in Peru. The ombudsman’s office has recorded 28 deaths: 22 in clashes and 6 due to traffic accidents and other incidents linked to blockages of these seizures.

Boluarte’s office stated that it “welcomes the decision of the prosecutor’s office to initiate preliminary proceedings in relation to the events that took place during the December demonstrations” and assured that “it will provide all facilities for a quick clarification of the facts”. “

Earlier, at an anniversary celebration of the National Justice Board, a body that appoints and bans judges and prosecutors, Boluaarte announced that the national accord would be completed next Monday, for state institutions, political parties and civil society organisations. Call for Consensus Policy Guidelines for the Country

They called for agreeing to “move forward with a reform on basic principles and policies that generate efficient and credible justice” and that address “issues to achieve social peace”.

In the afternoon, the ombudsman’s office reported mobilizations, strikes and roadblocks in 29 provinces. In addition, clashes broke out between civilians and law enforcement at 56 blockade points on national roads and in the vicinity of the airport in the city of Juliaca in the Puno region in southern Peru, where protesters burned a police vehicle.

It also reported hostilities between different sectors of society in the city of Pichanqui, in the Junín region, in the center of the country, and the closure of a tunnel gates in Chota province, where Castillo is in the region. From Cajamarca, in the northern highlands, to divert water that is used to irrigate land belonging to another jurisdiction.

In southern Juliaca, protesters tried to capture the airport and over a dozen were injured, including civilians and police, and an armored police vehicle was set on fire. The airport terminal reported suspension of its operations due to the violent acts.

In Lima, passenger land transport companies maintained a suspension of trips to cities in southern Peru, where the convulsions have maintained greater intensity.

Boluaarte took over the government after Castillo, who was president through 2021, was ousted by Congress on December 7 after trying to dissolve the state’s power with a televised message. The current President was the Vice President and was elected on the same list with his predecessor. Parliament swore him in as President on the same day as his constitutional successor.

Castillo was arrested while he was in a vehicle with his entourage on an avenue in the center of Lima. According to the prosecutor’s office, he was on his way to seek refuge at the Mexican embassy in the country. He has been in pre-trial custody for 18 months while authorities investigate him for alleged mutiny and conspiracy.

The protesters demand new elections, the shutdown of Congress and the resignation of Boluaarte. Those closest to Castillo also demand that he be released or reinstated in the presidency.

On Friday, the prosecutor’s office managed to get the state to confiscate a property located in a district of Lima that Castillo used in his election campaign and the start of his government in 2021. According to prosecutors, they held meetings there to plot separate acts of corruption.

The prosecutor’s office also announced that it has asked the judiciary to order preventive detention for 36 months for Castillo’s wife, Lilia Paredes, who managed to leave Peru for Mexico, where she has been granted political asylum. Lives with Prior to this, he had only requested an impediment to leave the country and other restrictions. A judge must decide whether to agree to the new request.

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