On Sunday, the prosecutor of the Nation of Peru, Pablo Sánchez Velarde, arranged to include Castillo in the preliminary investigation that was previously opened against the former Minister of Transport and Communications , Juan Silva Villegas, and six congressmen from the Acción Popular party, known as 'Los Niños'.
The president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, denounced this Monday a media campaign against him by his political opponents.
“I must tell you with outrage that today an irrational political persecution has been unleashed on me, on the president of the republic. Not only the president, but different ministries,” said the president during a meeting of the country's Council of Ministers in Loreto.
“And the rest of the efforts? And the other presidents of the republic? And the other ministers? Were they saints? Have they nothing now? Are the problems of Peru just being born in this government?” asked Castillo. In addition, he assured: “I confirm in […] that I have not stolen a penny from the country and I will not steal it because I did not come for that.”
In light of that campaign, the Peruvian president announced his intention to expand jurisdiction to officials who are now exempt from accountability to the Justice.
“We are going to present a bill to eliminate immunity for all high-ranking state officials. Do you want transparency and investigation? Let's all submit! The Executive Power, the Legislative Power, the Judicial Power, the Public Ministry, all State officials to make the country transparent and to work hand in hand!” Castillo pronounced, affirming that he plans “to be vigilant of the actions of the ministers.” .
One day before, the prosecutor of the Nation of Peru, Pablo Sánchez Velarde, decided to include Castillo in the preliminary investigation that was previously opened against the former Minister of Transport and Communications, Juan Silva Villegas, and six congressmen from the Popular Action party, known as 'Los Niños'. According to the country's Public Ministry, the president was included in the investigation due to “the alleged commission of the crimes of criminal organization, aggravated influence peddling and aggravated collusion.”
The defense of the Peruvian president described Sánchez's decision as “a clear violation of the Constitution.” “My client declares himself completely innocent. This opening of the investigation, which has no precedent in the history of Peruvian law, is a clear and open violation of article 117 of the Constitution,” declared Benji Espinoza, one of the president's lawyers.