Sunday, September 25, 2022

Peru: Spain has not yet caught the fugitive former Peruvian judge

LIMA ( Associated Press) — A former Peruvian judge who is a central part of a corruption case that has affected politicians and businessmen remains a fugitive after fleeing Spain in 2018, despite the fact that his arrest And recently an order was issued for extradition. He told Peruvian officials.

Peru’s Foreign Minister César Landa told local television station En that Spanish police had not been able to trace former judge Cesar Hinostroza to three addresses where he had lived. He also indicated that, according to officials, Hinostroza does not register departures through airports in Spain.

The head of Peruvian diplomacy said transit through the Schengen area – which is a grouping of 26 European countries – could be done by land, so “a judicial exchange system is active” to trace Hinostroza.

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Spanish authorities last week ordered the capture and extradition of Hinostroza. The order attempts to hand the former judge over to Interpol, who will then hand him over to the Peruvian authorities.

The Peruvian prosecutor’s office is investigating Hinostroza for a case involving a large group of judges, prosecutors, businessmen and politicians who, taking advantage of their positions, climbed the judicial pyramid and harmed the public interest. mutual favor for.

The 65-year-old former judge fled to Peru in 2018 after being barred from leaving the South American country. He requested asylum in Spain and claimed to have been the victim of political persecution to prevent his extradition, but the Spanish justice system denied him that appeal.

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Hinostroza’s escape, dubbed “The White Knex,” began in 2018, when investigative journalists began broadcasting audio obtained by prosecutors, who coordinated judicial officers in the midst of another investigation — for drug trafficking. searched. exchange favors.

The case also had a significant impact on Peruvian politics. In an audio recording, a businessman affiliated with the Fuerza Popular Party, led by the opposition Keiko Fujimori, tells Hinostroza that “Mrs. K” from “the number one force” wants to meet him.

Hinostroza would go on to review and quash an uneasy tax investigation into the funding of Fujimori’s presidential campaign in 2011. The former judge has denied any side of Fujimori, but declined to identify “Mrs.

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