Manuel Merino: they file a constitutional complaint with the casting vote of the president of the subcommission

Manuel Merino: they file a constitutional complaint with the casting vote of the president of the subcommission

The Subcommittee on Constitutional Accusations thus dismissed the complaint filed by the Attorney General's Office.

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Manuel Merino: Constitutional complaint filed with casting vote of the chairman of the subcommission

Manuel Merino was barely a week as president before resigning. (Photo: Presidency archive)

By eight votes in favor, 7 against and 1 abstention, the Subcommittee on Constitutional Accusations filed the constitutional complaint against former President Manuel Merino and two of his former ministers for the deaths of Inti Sotelo Camargo and Bryan Pintado Sánchez during the protests held in November 2020. The report that recommended following this path was presented by Alejandro Cavero (Avanza País)

There was a tie , which forced the president of the subcommittee, Rosío Torres, to use her casting vote, which tipped the scales for filing the report. This decision must be debated by the Permanent Commission of Congress.

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Since these are former officials with the constitutional benefit of a preliminary hearing, the Public Ministry had to have the approval of Congress to move forward with the investigations.

The final report prepared by Cavero Alva discards the arguments of the Public Ministry against Merino and his former ministers, since it determines that they had no responsibility in the death of the young people.

“Since there is no conclusive evidence of the use of lead shot by the National Police of Peru and it is corroborated that these elements caused the death of Inti Sotelo and Bryan Pintado, Messrs. Manuel Merino, Ántero Flores-Aráoz and Gastón Rodríguez could not be charged with the improper commission of the crime of homicide”, says the Cavero report.

Regarding the serious and minor injuries against 78 people, the situation is similar with many injured of lead shot and glass marbles not used by the PNP”, adds the 50-page report.

The Ombudsman's Office warned in dialogue with El Comercio that the congressman from Avanza País did not take into account the report he presented in 2020 and urged Parliament to allow the investigation against the former head of state.

It should be remembered that, in November 2020, less than a week after taking office, Manuel Merino resigned from the presidency of the Republic. His departure occurred after the citizen rejection and the deaths of Inti Sotelo and Bryan Pintado during the protests against him.

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