The Judiciary rejected an appeal to annul the investigation against Pedro Castillo

The Supreme Court of Preparatory Investigation declared unfounded the protection of rights presented by President Pedro Castillo for alleged violation of the constitutional principles of procedural legality and the principle of legal certainty. With this decision, the investigation against the president for the alleged crimes of criminal organization, aggravated influence peddling and aggravated collusion will continue.

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The preliminary investigation had been approved by the National Prosecutor, Paul Sanchezwho questioned Castillo Terrones on June 15 at the main headquarters of the Public Ministry.

On May 31, Castillo’s defense filed an annulment appeal before the Public Ministry requesting that the decision to investigate Castillo without suspension be annulled and that a new provision be issued, arguing that the “Magna Carta prohibits the persecution of the President of the Republic -in office- in cases not provided for in its article 117″.

He added that according to the Political Constitution, an acting president can only be investigated when any of the assumptions concur.

According to article 117 of the Constitution: the President of the Republic “he can only be accused, during his term, of treason against the fatherland; for preventing presidential, parliamentary, regional or municipal elections; for dissolving Congress, except in the cases provided for in article 134 of the Constitution, and for preventing its meeting or functioning, or those of the National Elections Jury and other electoral system bodies.”.

The Nation’s prosecutor in charge, Pablo Sánchez, had decided to expand the investigation that had been initially suspended against Castillo Terrones and indicated that the proceedings be carried out.

The measure was adopted after receiving information from the prosecutors that investigate alleged money laundering and that have collected testimonies involving the president, such as the one provided by the businessman with preventive detention Zamir Villaverde.

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