Aug 4, 2022 18:38 GMT
The president affirmed that he went to the headquarters of the Public Ministry to defend his innocence and collaborate with justice.
The president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, went this Thursday to the Prosecutor’s Office of his country to testify regarding the preliminary investigations that follow him for the case of alleged intervention in promotions of officials of the Armed Forces and the National Police.
Castillo arrived at the headquarters of the Peruvian Prosecutor’s Office in Lima, accompanied by his lawyers Benji Espinoza and Eduardo Pachaswho had previously indicated to the authorities that the president could testify in the Government Palace and not force him to go to that institution.
“I support my defense attorneys (Benji Espinoza and Eduardo Pachas) regarding the fact that I have the right to testify in the Government Palace, however, I have asked them to accompany me to the Prosecutor’s Office to defend my innocence and always collaborate with justice,” said the Peruvian president.
I support my defense attorneys (Benji Espinoza and Eduardo Pachas) regarding the fact that I have the right to testify in the Government Palace, however, I have asked them to accompany me to the Prosecutor’s Office to defend my innocence and always collaborate with justice.
– Pedro Castillo Terrones (@PedroCastilloTe) August 4, 2022
The Public Ministry reported that President Castillo made his preliminary statement before the National Prosecutor, Patricia Benavides, a process that lasted approximately one hour.
After complying with the authorities, the president left the institution accompanied by a security team and supporters who shouted “Pedro, friend, the people are with you”, and walked to the Government Palace, seat of the Presidency in Lime.
The Peruvian Prosecutor’s Office reactivated this Thursday the investigation of the president, Pedro Castillo, for alleged influence peddlingin a case of irregular promotions in the Army, reported the local newspaper The Republic.
The case will be taken up again by decision of the current prosecutor of the nation, Patricia Benavides, who ordered to initiate a preliminary investigation and summoned Castillo for Thursday, August 4. The previous head of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, Zoraida Ávalos, had left the investigation on hold until the head of state concluded her mandate.