Peru’s national prosecutor opens preliminary corruption investigation into president

January 5, 2022 |

In Peru, the Libertad newspaper reports the Prosecutor of the Nation of Peru, Zoraida Ávalos, opened a preliminary investigation against the president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, on Tuesday for alleged influence peddling, collusion and illegal sponsorship, which will be suspended due to the immunity enjoyed by the head of state.

The proceedings against Castillo may not begin until his term ends, the Prosecutor’s Office warned in a statement where he stressed that it is the second time in the history of the Public Ministry that a preliminary investigation has been opened to a president during the exercise of his functions.

In the case of Castillo, the current ruler has been charged with allegedly influencing the bids for the construction of a bridge and for the acquisition of biofuel for the state oil company Petroperú and for having pressed for the irregular promotion of soldiers from his close circle.

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