Minister of the Interior denies interference in the investigation of Harvey Colchado: “It is in process”

Minister of the Interior denies interference in the investigation of Harvey Colchado: “It is in process”

Willy Huerta said that the Inspectorate acts with “strict independence” and without interference. He also pointed out that Pedro Castillo has not proposed or requested changes in the Special Team.

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Minister of the Interior denies interference in Harvey Colchado investigation: “It is in process”

Willy Huerta said that the Inspectorate acts with “strict independence” and without interference. He also noted that Pedro Castillo has neither proposed nor requested changes to the Task Force. (Photo: El Comercio)

The Minister of the Interior, Willy Huerta, denied any interference in the investigation being carried out by the Police Inspectorate General on Colonel PNP Harvey Colchado, team leader special that supports the prosecutor Marita Barreto in the investigations against President Pedro Castillo's entourage.

During his questioning in Congress, he indicated that the investigation against Colchado is in process and in the stage of preliminary actions. He also emphasized that the Inspectorate acts with “strict independence” and without any interference.

“Regarding the complaint against Colonel PNP Harvey Colchado, it should be emphasized that it is being processed in strict compliance with the legal framework, which includes a stage of prior actions that are intended to identify, locate and collect clues or evidence that may support the initiation or not of a disciplinary procedure”, he expressed.

“This must be determined by the investigative body of the General Inspectorate of the PNP, which is in charge of the case and which acts with strict independence from any interference, not being obliged to report its actions to the Ministry of the Interior”, he added.

In this sense, Huerta stressed that neither the Ministry of the Interior, the inspector general, nor any other person or public official have interference in the actions and decisions of the decision-making bodies, much less can direct the investigations or their results.

“As Minister of the Interior, I reiterate my deepest respect for the independence and impartiality of the investigative bodies of the Inspector General's Office of our PNP and, in general, my total support for the actions of the institution,” he stressed.

“That is why I want to emphasize that from the position I am in, it is not for me to express an opinion on the complaints or investigations that are carried out in this case or on any other, much less influence the decisions that may be adopted. The contrary constitutes an act of interference, which I totally reject”, he added.

Minister of the Interior denies interference in investigation to Harvey Colchado: “It is in procedure”

Declarations of the Minister of the Interior in Congress

Finally, the Minister reiterated that the PNP Special Team that has been acting in support of The investigations carried out by the Public Ministry, as well as all the PNP units, enjoy the support of their sector, the high command and their own.

“I must point out that the President of the Republic has not proposed or requested any change in the Special Team”, concluded Huerta.