The Prosecutor's Office opened an investigation into the sister-in-law of President Pedro Castillo for the alleged crime against the public administration in the form of influence peddling.
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< /p>The First Lady, Lilia Paredes, arrives to testify about her sister's case to the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office. Photos: Renzo Salazaremail@example.com
In the midst of a heavy deployment of police security, the first lady Lilia Paredes arrived at 9:20 in the morning at the Sixth Office of the First Anti-Corruption Prosecutor, in charge of prosecutor Jony Peña, who summoned her as part of the investigation of her sister Yenifer Paredes, for alleged influence peddling for offering works in Cajamarca.
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On Thursday, Benji Espinoza, legal defense of President Pedro Castillo's wife, confirmed to El Comercio that “the first lady wishes to attend” the proceedings.
As is recalled, the lawyer had indicated that one possibility was to request rescheduling in order to review the proceedings in the tax file, however, he indicated that they will go to the call. “We'll attend tomorrow,” he insisted.
Evidence of crime
Prosecutor Peña Suasnabar opened the investigation against President Castillo's sister-in-law for the alleged crime against the public administration in the modality of influence peddling to the detriment of the State. This, after the program Cuarto Poder broadcast a video in which he is shown offering a sanitation work to the residents of La Succha in the district of San Miguel, in Cajamarca.
According to the video, the head of state's sister-in-law was wearing a vest from the company JJM Espino Engineering & Construction S.A.C., whose manager Hugo Espino records visits to the Government Palace and meetings with the first lady.
Yenifer Paredes, Pedro Castillo's sister-in-law, is being investigated for allegedly offering works in the name of the State.
According to the fiscal provision to which El Comercio agreed, the representative of the Public Ministry considered that these facts “generate the simple initial suspicion” and it would be up to the Public Ministry to take immediate action to clarify it.
The document indicates that the investigation will be aimed mainly at determining whether the conduct of Yenifer Paredes Navarro, “was aimed at influencing the execution and approval of a sanitation project and others in districts of Cajamarca”.
In addition, the prosecutor indicated, it will be sought to determine if the participation of the company JJM Espino Engineering & Construction S.A.C. represented by Jhony Espino, has participated in this event.
Read here the fiscal resolution of initiation of investigation
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For this reason, it was decided that the investigation would have a term of eight months. In addition to questioning Lilia Paredes and her sister, the prosecution decided to take the statement of the mayor of the district of La Succha de San Miguel, in Cajamarca.
Similarly, it requested the Ministry of Housing the sanitation projects for the district of La Succha de San Miguel; and that the State Procurement Supervising Agency (OSCE) inform if the companies JJM Espino Engineering & Construction S.A.C. and Destcon Ingenieros, have had public tenders.
Finally, he asked that the Government Palace send the record of visits of Hugo Espino Lucana and Anggie Espino Lucana .
Last Tuesday, the anti-corruption prosecutor Juan Zúñiga, from the First Prosecutor's Office Specialized in Crimes of Corruption of Officials, went to the Government Palace to carry out a document discovery procedure regarding this investigation.