The Special Team of Prosecutors against Power Corruption relied largely on the statements of Beder Camacho Gadea to request the arrest of five involved in the Petroperú Case. From the reading of the 104 pages of the resolution of Judge Ingrid Estacio Soria, in which the Situations that occurred inside the Government Palaceit is evident that it was Camacho who was the protagonist and witness of these events classified as crimes by the authorities.
Camacho revealed that on December 20, 2021, after a team of prosecutors entered the Government Palace to seek information about the alleged illegal payment to President Pedro Castillo to appoint Petroperú as general manager Hugo Chavez Arevalothe president called an urgent meeting in his office. Those summoned were the head of the National Intelligence Directorate (DINI); Jose Fernandez Latorre; the presidential intelligence adviser Henry Shimabukuro Guevara; and the former Undersecretary General of the Presidency Beder Camacho Gadea himself. Of the three, the only one who was collaborating with the prosecutors was Camacho.
President Castillo was concerned about the action of the prosecutors who were rummaging through the origin of the appointment of Hugo Chávez as general manager of Petroperú, in order to direct the purchase of B100 biodiesel to Samir Abudayeh Giha’s company for US$74 million. Before the contract was awarded, the head of state had met with Hugo Chávez and Samir Abudayeh, so he did not want prosecutors to have access to any information that implicated him with both, according to Camacho.
“Let everything disappear and do what you have to do,” ordered President Castillo, according to the version that Beder Camacho gave to prosecutors.
Camacho stated that in the conclave with the head of state, he they delegated the task of “disappearing the cell phones assigned to the president’s aides-de-camp and the activity record notebooks that they had because they contained information on the people linked to the Petroperú Case (…), and because this information could compromise the president in the investigations,” declared Beder Camacho.
The president Pedro Castillo was also nervous about the legal situation of his former secretary of the Presidency Bruno Pacheco Castillo. Beder Camacho not only affirmed that he arranged for them to covertly protect him. In addition, he agreed with the head of the DINI, José Fernández, to give him a monthly maintenance of 3,000 soles. The presidential intelligence adviser, Henry Shimabukuro Guevara, and Beder Camacho made the first delivery to Bruno Pacheco’s sister, Gloria Pacheco Castillo.
At the same Palacio meeting, “José Fernández gave Henry Shimabukuro a manila envelope with money, so that he could coordinate with Beder Camacho and deliver it to Bruno Pacheco,” Camacho told prosecutors.
Always as stated by Camacho, On December 23, he called Bruno Pacheco to coordinate “an uncle’s order”, in reference to Pedro Castillo. Once Camacho and Shimabukuro fulfilled the task, they reported the task to the Head of State, who showed his agreement.
Why did President Castillo pay money to Bruno Pacheco? The hypothesis of the Prosecutor’s Office is that the former secretary general handles information about the involvement of president Pedro Castillo, Hugo Chávez and Samir Abudayeh in the contract for the purchase of B100 biodiesel from the company Heaven Petroleum Operators (HPO). Supposedly, Castillo received an illegal payment of 2 million soles for having favored Abudayeh.
Beder Camacho’s statements confirmed the prosecutors’ suspicions, for which reason requested the arrest of five of those involved, José Fernández Latorre, Henry Shimabukuro, Hugo Chávez and Samir Abudayeh. Judge Ingrid Estacio denied the request to arrest businessman Daniel Príncipe Collazos, linked to Hugo Chávez. With the capture of Fernández, Shimabukuro and Abudayeh, she hopes that someone will end up confessing his participation in the events.
The confessor. Beder Camacho had denied several times that he was declaring to prosecutors about alleged illegal acts of President Castillo.
Decision. Camacho sided with prosecutors when he was coughed up by the government and left to fend for himself.