The president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, evaluates go to the Constitutional Court, in the event that the protection of rights is not admitted to annul the fiscal investigation opened against him for alleged corruptiondeclared his lawyer Benji Espinoza on Tuesday.
The lawyer declared to Radio Exitosa that if his client does not find justice in the protection of rights, “what corresponds is a constitutional claim for protection that is resolved by the constitutional court.”
He added that, ultimately, “the TC (Constitutional Court) has the floor. who is the zealous guardian of constitutional rights”.
Since last April, the Prosecutor’s Office has been investigating reports of irregularities in the selection of proposals for the construction of the “Tarata II” bridge over the Huallaga River, in the country’s Amazon, which was awarded to a consortium advised by the businesswoman Karelim López, who also is being investigated for alleged corruption.
In these investigations 13 people were included and the Prosecutor’s Office considers that there was a criminal organization entrenched in the current Executiveled by President Castillo, who has denied these accusations.
The Peruvian attorney general, Pablo Sánchez, ordered a week ago expand the investigations against Castillo for the alleged commission of the crimes of criminal organization, influence peddling and aggravated collusion.
The president’s lawyer added that they are evaluating whether Castillo will attend the summons made by Sánchez for June 13.
“We are evaluating, one option is rescheduling, another is to go to the statement, it is a means of defense, they are options that are being considered, we have not made the decision,” he noted.
Espinoza presented this Monday a request for “protection of rights” before the Judiciary to annul the investigation that the Prosecutor’s Office is following against the ruler, after the Prosecutor’s Office rejected his request to declare the “absolute nullity” of the investigation , since he considers that Castillo enjoys immunity while he is in office.
In his turn, the Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Félix Chero, declared to the press on Tuesday that “these indications are at the level of evidence” because “there is not a single piece of evidence that links the president to date.”
Chero remarked that the president’s defense and the strategy that his lawyers have “is the one that is currently carrying out the corresponding actions.”
As part of this case, the Judiciary issued this Saturday a 36-month ban on leaving the country against former Minister of Transport and Communications Juan Silva, and a similar measure, albeit for 9 months, against current congressmen Raúl Doroteo and Darwin Espinoza. of the centrist Popular Action party.
The decision was made known after the transcription of an alleged audio was released last Friday in which the businessman Zamir Villaverde, who is in prison while being investigated for corruption, allegedly offers Silva a bribe to obtain the tender for the construction of the bridge. EFE