The president was summoned to testify on August 4.
The Supreme Prosecutor of Peru, Patricia Benavides, resumed the preliminary investigation against the President of the South American country, Pedro Castillo, for the alleged crime of influence peddling.
The investigation is resumed after Benavides, elected to the position on June 20, decided nullify the provision that suspended the preliminary investigation into Castillo.
The preliminary investigation against Castillo had been suspended last January by the then Attorney General, Zoraida Ávalos, arguing that the president could not be investigated while exercising his mandate, a position that also wields the defense of the dignitary.
The preliminary investigation includes the case about alleged meetings that the president would have held with businessmen who have been designated as interest managers.
The Peruvian president is accused of allegedly having allied himself with his former secretary of the Presidency Bruno Pacheco, his former Minister of Transportation Juan Silva and lobbyists Karelim López and Zamir Villaverde to irregularly award infrastructure projects.
There is also another cause for alleged irregularities in promotions of senior military commanders.
Summoned to testify
The Ministry Público reported that, as part of the investigation, the president was summoned to testify on August 4.
However, the appointments to testify at the Prosecutor’s Office will begin earlier, with the called to others involved, among them the businessmen López and Villaverde, for next July 18 and 19, respectively; and Pacheco, for August 3.
Six officers from the Peruvian Army were also summoned to testify, but the date on which they should go to the Prosecutor’s Office was not specified.