Ministry of Defense and CCFFAA consider letter from retired military to be apocryphal

The Ministry of Defence and the Joint Command of the Armed Forces (CCFFAA) considered as apocryphal a letter signed by hundreds of retired officers, which invokes to ignore the next president of the Republic if the electoral authorities dismiss the complaints of alleged irregularities in the second electoral round.

The letter arrived this Thursday at the CCFFAA party table, but sources from that institution told this newspaper that there will be no response because it is considered a document not signed by all the people to whom it is attributed.

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The office is addressed to the head of the CCFFAA, César Astudillo Salcedo, and the general commanders of the Navy, Army and Air Force, Ricardo Menéndez Calle; Manuel Gómez de la Torre Araníbar and Rodolfo Pereyra Cuneo, respectively. However, in the long list of signatories, some names of deceased retired military personnel were detected.

One of those who signed the letter, retired Vice Admiral Javier Bravo Villarán, denied that it is an apocryphal document.

”It was prepared and submitted for the consideration of each of those who appear there. Each one was transferred to give their consent. […] I guarantee 100% that of the Navy, there is no name of a deceased, “he said.

In the letter, it is assured that the Armed Forces would have “the right to non-obedience” if the electoral bodies do not respond to all the complaints of alleged fraud in the elections.

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Criminal lawyer Carlos Caro Coria assured El Comercio that, due to the content of the document, “A crime prevention prosecutor could open an investigation to discourage this type of message to the Armed Forces”.

Coria specified that the role of the Armed Forces, in accordance with the Constitution, “They have nothing to do with issues of the democratic system. As is always said, they are not deliberative “.

But the criminal lawyer Rafael Chanjan pointed out to El Comercio, in reference to the content of the letter, that he does not observe “No incitement or instigation for members of the Armed Forces to take up arms”. Added that “The crime of rebellion and sedition require, as a fundamental element, the uprising in arms”.

Last week, the Ministry of Defense issued a statement rejecting calls for the intervention of the Armed Forces in purely electoral matters.

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