Official records coincide with information provided by Hugo Espino to the prosecution regarding the alleged participation of Lilia Paredes and her sister in irregular acts. ● Businessman was at the Government Palace one day before traveling with President Castillo's sister-in-law to the commune in Amazonas, where they met with Mayor Víctor Culqui and he gave Espino S/40,000 in cash and without banking.
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More indications appear about the alleged involvement of President Castillo's spouse in a criminal organization.
“We are in all conditions to support him,”, told him Yenifer Paredes, the president's sister-in-law Pedro Castillo, to the mayor of Chachapoyas (Amazonas), Víctor Culqui Puerta, in the meeting they held in August of last year together with businessman Hugo Espino to prepare the technical file for a work of S/16.9 million, allegedly irregularly, according to the statement of the latter before the Public Ministry.
According to the documentation of the case, to which El Comercio had access, Espino acted as a figurehead in the alleged criminal organization that would have been made up of President Castillo, the first lady Lilia Paredes, as well as his brothers, Yenifer, David and Walter, in order to benefit unduly from the fraudulent award of public works contracts.
In his testimony before the Special Team of Prosecutors against the Corruption of Power, the businessman recounted details of the coordination he carried out with Yenifer Paredes, who had told him that the mayor was a friend of the wife of the head of state.
This newspaper was able to verify that several of the indications given by the friend and former employer of the president's sister-in-law correspond to situations recorded in official records, such as the entrances and exits to the Government Palace and the Ministry of Housing, key entities in the approval of the financing of works, as in the case of the Municipality of Anguía (Cajamarca), whose mayor José Medina is under preliminary arrest for his involvement in the same alleged criminal organization.
Minister Geiner Alvarado (wearing glasses) on a visit to Amazonas together with the former head of Transport and Communications, Juan Silva (wearing a cap), currently a fugitive. Photo: Twitter/Geiner Alvarado
In the visit log of the seat of government appears the name of Mayor Culqui on three occasions, between September and November 2021.
Its first two entries were to the Support Office for the Spouse of the President of the Republic, that is, the First Lady, on Thursday, September 9 and Wednesday, September 29..
A few weeks earlier, in August, the mayor of Chachapoyas had met with Yenifer Paredes and Hugo Espino in that province of Amazonas, where he would have received S/40,000 in cash and without banking, as “advance”, from the aforementioned mayoral authority.
The investigated businessman maintained that Lilia Paredes's sister called him by phone to coordinate a meeting in Chorrillos, Lima, where he proposed that he prepare the technical file of a drinking water and sanitation project in the aforementioned Amazon town.
After that meeting, they traveled by air to a nearby region.
On August 9 of last year, Yenifer Paredes and Hugo Espino They traveled to Chachapoyas to meet with the mayor of this province.
“On [Monday] August 9, 2021, [Yenifer Paredes] traveled with Hugo Espino to Jaén [Cajamarca]. They were then transported by a vehicle from the Municipality of Chachapoyas to the same province, arriving at night, and stayed in a hotel located in front of the Plaza de Armas”, they indicated in the tax document.
It was during this journey that Pedro Castillo's sister-in-law expressed the full support of the Government to the mayor.
“The S/40,000 was an advance to prepare the technical file. I know that the mayor [Víctor Culqui] is a friend of Mrs. Lilia Paredes, and she asks Yenifer Paredes to support her to speed up the preparation of the file and run with [the approval of] the financing once the project is ready. clever. Yenifer knew that it was a big project and that it involved a lot of money ”, she added.
One day before that trip, on Sunday, August 8, Espino records an entry to the first lady's office for more than five hours, from 3:52 p.m. at 9:09 p.m.
On Friday, October 22, a month after I visited Lilia Paredes' office in Palacio de Government, the Chachapoyas commune signed a contract for S/35,000 with the presumed figurehead of the presidential family.
In September 2021 – a few days after the meetings of Yenifer Paredes, Hugo Espino and Mayor Víctor Culqui – the mayor of Chachapoyas twice visited the office of First Lady Lilia Paredes.
However, the businessman confessed that in reality the agreement had been to be paid S/150,000.
In the fiscal folder is the “contract 193-2021-MPCH/GM for the hiring of the consulting service for the preparation of the technical file”, which has the signature of the municipal manager and Espino .
This newspaper tried to collect the version of those mentioned, but there was no response until the closing of this edition.
The mayor of Chachapoyas, Víctor Culqui, visits the Minister of Housing, Geiner Alvarado, a native of the province of Amazonas.
Hugo Espino meets with the first lady Lilia Paredes at the Government Palace. According to his statement, Yenifer Paredes was at the appointment.
Espino and Yenifer Paredes arrive in Chachapoyas, according to the record of the hotel where they stayed. In the city they met with Culqui about the technical file for the drinking water and sanitation project.
Mayor Culqui visits the first lady's office at the Government Palace.
< p>The Chachapoyas authority has another work meeting in Lilia Paredes' office at Government House.
As a representative of the JJM company, Espino signs a contract for S/35,000 with the Municipality of Chachapoyas to prepare the technical file for the work. It is signed at the headquarters of the commune.
- One of the first visits Geiner Alvarado received as Minister of Housing was Mayor Víctor Culqui. Both are natives of Chachapoyas.
- The mayor entered the ministerial office on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, where he met with Alvarado for an hour.