Former Peruvian President Pedro Castillo is transferred to a police base in Lima

Former Peruvian President Pedro Castillo is transferred to a police base in Lima

December 7, 2022, 23:20 PM

December 7, 2022, 23:20 PM

Former President Pedro Castillo was transferred to a police base in eastern Lima from the Prefecture where he was being detained after being ousted for his failed attempt to dissolve parliament, media reported Wednesday night.

Castle was airlifted to the base of the Special Operations Directorate of the police, in the Ate district, where would be confined for a maximum of 15 days under tax investigation.

The Peruvian prosecutor’s office announced this Wednesday the arrest of former President Pedro Castillo for the crime of rebellion, following his failed attempt to dissolve parliament and his removal by Congress.

“There is a commission of an act in flagrante delicto and he is in custody”Marita Barreto, coordinator of the special team of prosecutors against power corruption, told the press.

A source from the prosecution told AFP that Castillo is being investigated by the crime of “rebellion”.

“We will discuss today (if there are elements for a preventive prison). Democracy must be respected,” said prosecutor Barreto, who participated in the arrest.

“We have proceeded in accordance with the law, a fundamental right was imposed, which is to be prosecuted or investigated for the imputation of a crime,” he added.

At the police station Castillo, dressed in a blue jacket, is accompanied by former chief of staff Aníbal Torres, one of his closest allies. The nation’s prosecutor, Patricia Benavides, participated in the arrest.

The prosecutor’s office can request the justice that Castillo remain detained “preventively”a figure that could also affect the former chief of staff, Barreto said.

The crime of rebellion provides a sentence of between 10 and 20 years.

After the attempted dissolution of Congress, it removed Castillo for “moral incapacity” and swore in vice president Dina Boluarte in his place in a cascade of dramatic announcements in this country that suffers from chronic political instability.

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