The prosecutor Hans Alberto Aguirre Huatuco, of the Special Team of Prosecutors against the Power, will ask the Judicial Power to impose preventive detention for Yenifer, David and Walter Paredesbrothers-in-law of President Pedro Castillo, for an alleged procedural danger of escape and disturbance of evidentiary activities, in the investigation for influence peddling and money laundering in a criminal organization.
The same measure would be taken with respect to the mayor of Anguía, in Chota, Jose Nenil Medina Guerrero and businessmen Hugo Yoni and Anggie Estefani Espino Lucanamain shareholders of the companies JJM Espino Engineering & Construction and Destcon Engineers & Architects.
Aguirre Huatuco would be making a decision, which must be communicated to the Judiciary, no later than the afternoon of Friday, August 19, upon expiration of the 10 days of preliminary detention of Yenifer Paredes authorized by the preliminary investigation judge, Raul Justiniano Romeroof the National Criminal Chamber.
Although Yenifer Paredes turned herself in to the prosecutor’s office and has been in preliminary detention since August 10, this measure began to take effect on August 9, when the arrest of Mayor Medina, the Espino brothers and the intervention in the Government Palace.
The sources of the Public Ministry do not rule out that the resolution to expand the investigation and request for preventive detention can also reach the first lady of the Nation, Lilia Paredes. Although, they specified, on this point there is still no definite decision. “Everything is being evaluated to be able to sustain before the judge who must make the decision. We can’t confirm or rule anything out yet,” the source said.
Prosecutor Aguirre is coordinating with the police officers who support the investigations, the need and support of these measures. It is considered that if only the preventive detention of Yenifer Paredes were requested, a subsequent similar request against the other two brothers-in-law of the presidentwhich would be based on the same evidence.
The prosecutor’s team is also discussing internally the time for which the measure will be requested. For some, 18 months will be enough, which could later be extended, while others plan to request the maximum of 36 months of preventive detention allowed by the Law against Organized Crime.
The possibility of another measure, such as the restricted appearance, would have been ruled out as it was considered that it would favor the defense of President Pedro Castillo, since it would be said that the prosecution does not have sufficient evidence and that even the intervention in the Government Palace was excessive.
The prosecution suspects that the president’s brothers-in-law would be a key piece in the structure of the alleged criminal organization that the president of the Republic would lead. They would fulfill the role of cashiers and link between businessmen and officials and collaborators of the presidentto direct public works in the Ministries of Transport and Communications, Housing and local governments and, at the same time, hide the money from the alleged illicit payments.
Before the court, the existence of an alleged organization would be based on the statements of the aspiring effective collaborators, Karelim López and Bruno Pacheco, Yenifer Paredes’ employment relationship with Hugo Espino’s companythe adjudication of a work in the municipality of Anguia, JJM Espino Engineering & Construction and the deliveries of money that David and Walter Paredes would have made to Hugo Espino.
For the defense of those involved in this plot, the prosecution does not have enough evidence to support such a drastic measure as preventive detention. For the prosecution, the evidence is overwhelming and will convince the judge.
The disappearance or destruction of the surveillance videos in the presidential house of the Government Palace would sustain the danger to find out the truth that supposes that these people remain in freedom. Meanwhile, the danger of escape could be based on the background of the case, the fact that until now the president’s nephew, Fray Vásquez, and the former Minister of Transport and Communications, Juan Silva.
Once he receives the request from the Public Ministry, Judge Justiniano must schedule a public hearing to listen to the prosecution and defense attorneys, in order to make a decision.
Enigma. Yesterday the loss of the cameras was reported of the presidential residence during the search for Yenifer Paredes arranged by the Prosecutor’s Office. “The images have not been lost, the system has failed”, tried to explain Beder Camachopresidential secretary.