Peru’s Public Ministry opened a fifth investigation into President Pedro Castillo simply days earlier than the anniversary of his taking workplace.
Present Lawyer Normal Patricia Benavides reactivated an affect peddling investigation into the president on July 22. The investigation was initiated by former Lawyer Normal Zoraida Ávalos, however was suspended till the top of Mr. Castillo’s presidential mandate.
Based on the Public Ministry, the newest investigation is trying into attainable interference by Mr. Castillo within the buy of biodiesel in favor of a non-public firm referred to as Heaven Petroleum Operators (HPO).
On the finish of 2021 it was made public that Mr. Castillo met within the presidential residence with HPO’s proprietor, Samir Abudayeh, and then-general supervisor of the state-owned oil firm Petroperú, Hugo Chávez Arévalo.
Two weeks later, Mr. Abudayeh received a young for USD $74 million with the Peruvian state, in line with the “Panorama” tv program.
Pedro Castillo: Peru’s most-investigated president
Mr. Castillo is the primary president in Peru’s historical past to be investigated whereas in workplace. He presently has 5 open investigations starting from corruption and collusion to plagiarizing his grasp’s thesis.
Right here’s a fast break down of every of the opposite pending investigations into the president:
- Obstructing justice
On July 21, the Public Ministry opened an investigation into the president for obstructing justice associated to his removing of former Minister of the Inside Mariano González two days prior.
Investigators are trying into whether or not the minister’s removing was associated to his formation of a particular police unit tasked with looking fugitives related to Mr. Castillo, together with his nephew Fray Vásquez, former Minister of Transport and Communications Juan Silva and former presidential secretary Bruno Pacheco, who’re below investigation for alleged corruption within the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
- Corruption associated to the Ministry of Transport and Communications
The officers are accused of being a part of a felony group throughout the Ministry of Transport and Communications that benefited from alleged corruption associated to awarding public works contracts to Peruvian and Chinese language building corporations for the development of the Tarata bridge in north-central Peru.
- Irregular promotions throughout the army
The Public Ministry opened an investigation on November 11, 2021 into Protection Minister Walter Ayala, and Mr. Pacheco, for allegedly pressuring the heads of the Military and the Air Drive to favor the promotion of sure officers.
In July 2022, Lawyer Normal Benavides introduced that she had included President Castillo within the investigation, alleging that he headed the group that intervened within the irregular promotions of army personnel.
- Alleged plagiarism
In early Might, the Public Ministry opened an investigation into whether or not President Castillo and his spouse, Lilia Paredes, plagiarized over half of their grasp’s thesis a decade in the past whereas attending César Vallejo College (UCV).
The investigation got here after a report on TV information program “Panorama” that Mr. Castillo, 52, had plagiarized 54% of a 121-page thesis that he wrote collectively together with his spouse in 2012.