LIMA ( Associated Press) – Peru’s former President Pedro Castillo is facing a request from the prosecutor’s office to extend his initial prison term to 18 months for crimes of insurrection and conspiracy over the Dec. 7 coup attempt. Go
Castillo remains in preliminary custody for 7 days, which will expire this Wednesday, but he must remain in jail until the judiciary decides whether or not to accept the request of the prosecutor’s office.
A judge must convene a hearing within 48 hours to hear arguments from the prosecutor’s office and the former president’s defense and then decide whether to apply preventive detention to Castillo.
Hours earlier, a chamber of the Supreme Court confirmed Castillo’s seven-day detention, rejecting an appeal filed in an attempt to overturn the court order in which he was imprisoned.
One of the court’s arguments for rejecting the appeal and confirming the arrest was that Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that Castillo had called him to request political asylum and was on his way to the Mexican embassy in Lima when he was arrested. was arrested. The prosecutor’s request also considers this argument.
The initial prison order includes former Peruvian Prime Minister Anibal Torres, who is in hiding.
Castillo, 53, was arrested last Wednesday after announcing in a televised message the dissolution of Congress and interference in various public institutions without providing legal aid.
The former president has called on his followers to come to the police headquarters where he is being held to receive him on his release at 1:42 pm (1841 GMT) on Wednesday.
During his appeal hearing, Castillo argued that he would not abandon the cause the people had given him and urged the armed forces to lay down their arms and stop killing civilians.
“I have been detained unreasonably and arbitrarily (…) I will never give up or give up this popular cause that has brought me here (…). From here I urge the Armed Forces and the National Police I want them to lay down their weapons and stop killing people who are thirsty for justice.
Outside the prison, Castillo’s lawyers read a letter from the former president in which he blamed President Dina Boluarte for the deaths at the demonstrations. The current head of state was his vice president after Castillo was ousted by Congress for an attempted coup on 7 December and took over the government by succession.
“Lady Dinah, look where he is. I hold you and your entire circle of friends responsible for the brutal attack on my compatriots, ”says the former president in this letter.
The day before, in another letter, she had said that she was in “the most difficult position of my government, humiliated, out of communication, abused and kidnapped” and described Boluaarte as a usurper.
These messages have been repeated on the former president’s social networks.
Boluarte has said that he does not believe these expressions came from Castillo. “I don’t think the words that are coming out on President Castillo’s Twitter are his words. They continue to use it, they continue to manipulate the president,” she told a girl at a health center in Lima. Said after meeting, who was wounded in a skirmish in the Andahuillas region, in the Apurimec region, about 757 kilometers from the capital. country City.
Since the change of government, there have been back-to-back protests in which six people have died and a hundred have been injured, according to the Ombudsman’s office, besides causing damage to companies and various state properties . Demonstrators demand the closure of parliament, early elections, the resignation of Boluaarte and some independence for Castillo.