The prosecution opens an investigation against Pedro Castillo for alleged traffic of influences

The Peruvian Prosecutor's Office has opened three preliminary investigations against President Pedro Castillo, but the three have been immediately suspended un

The prosecution opens an investigation against Pedro Castillo for alleged traffic of influences

The Peruvian Prosecutor's Office has opened three preliminary investigations against President Pedro Castillo, but the three have been immediately suspended until he finished his mandate. In this way, the constitutional immunity of the first president prevails, despite the severity of the accusations, especially the trafficking of influences that allegedly occurred in the award of the construction of a bridge in the Amazon, for 55 million dollars, and In the purchase of diesel performed by Petroperú, valued at 74 million dollars.

Against Castillo also weighs the scandal in the rise of soldiers, which involves "interference" to the former defense minister, Walter Ayala, and former Secretary of the Presidency Bruno Pacheco, the key man during the first five months of presidency. In one of him records, the Prosecutor's Office found an envelope with $ 20,000 in the Bath of the Old Dispatch of the Peruvian Rasputin, who offered different excuses to justify its origin.

According to the Constitution, the President can only be charged during his exercise due to the homeland, to prevent elections or hinder his process and to dissolve Congress. The prosecution also has a very close precedent, the Martín Vizcarra case. Against the then president opened an investigation for alleged corruption, which was suspended until he dismissed him, by executing the congress a controversial vacancy process (impeachment).

And this is precisely one of the keys for castle, who in 2022 aims to recover the course of a presidency to drift: the prosecution's decision weakens it even more politically, at the same time it executes in silently a new cabinet crisis. From right-wing benches, the possibility of forcing a new process of dismissal after the conclusions of the Prosecutor's Office is squeezed.

"Why are you going to investigate if you are not going to accuse?" The presidential defender, Eduardo Pachas, was complained to the media, a controversial lawyer who also refuses to make public the list of visitors to the parallel headquarters in which castle He received those involved in the different cases of corruption. Pachas reiterated that there is no famous List of Housing of Breña, despite the fact that the First Minister, Mirtha Vásquez, said the country would know the name of the visitors of it. The law obliges the presidency to publish daily the names of all who come to the palace to meet with the first president.

The announcement of the prosecution is a new obstacle for castle, who despite the economic growth of 2021 (the gross domestic product grew 13% and it is expected that this year it rises above 4%) and mass vaccination account for failures in the Rest of his initiatives.

The president seeks new allies after his departure from the Marxist sector of Peru free (PL), the match that led him to power. One of the initiatives of him goes by forming a new group group, which would have a dozen deputies in Congress.

Updated Date: 06 January 2022, 07:08

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