Defense. Before Congress, the head of the Interior said that the PNP Inspectorate will investigate if any police action facilitated the escape of the former minister. The Popular Force bench would promote its censorship.
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The Minister of the Interior, Dimitri Senmache, was presented on Thursday at the plenary session of the Congressto answer for the escape of the still fugitive ex-minister Juan Silva. But in more than an hour of exposure, he did not explain why the police took a week to respond to the prosecutor's request to place video surveillance on the former head of Transport and Communications.
As revealed by El Comercio, a report from the National Prosecutor's Office indicates that the police only reported, through an official letter, actions to verify real estate linked to Silva with photos from June 3 and 4 , despite the fact that video surveillance was established on May 27.
Before the plenary, Senmache insisted on making a demarcation of his sector regarding the responsibilities for Silva's escape, who is being investigated for allegedly being part of an alleged criminal network which operated in the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC).
The head of the Interior affirmed that the police did not follow up on Silva because he did not receive an express order to do so. “At no time do I find [in the fiscal provision] that there is an express indication of the follow-up measure. […] There are throughout 2021 and 2022 different provisions made by the Public Ministry that are totally express, […] it indicates follow-up”, he argued.
Senmache added that the investigation is led by the Public Ministry, while the police is an operational arm.
On the other hand, the minister reported that from 9 June to date the police have raided nine homes looking for Silva.
He explained that two buildings were raided after information was received, through the rewards system, from citizens seeking to obtain the S/50,000 offered for data that would allow Silva's capture.
He added that seven homes were seized based on information from police intelligence sources. The properties belonged to Silva or to people from his sentimental and professional environment.
“The commitment to look for these people is real, [ …] we know that the actions of the police are in the eye of the storm”, he said in reference to Silva and fellow fugitives Bruno Pacheco and Fray Vásquez, former secretary of the presidential office and nephew of President Pedro Castillo, respectively.
At another time, Senmache reported that the PNP Inspectorate has been asked to open an investigation to determine if there were actions by the police that facilitated Silva's escape.
Congressman Ernesto Bustamante, from Fuerza Popular, revealed that, in Senmache's presentation before the plenary session, he showed a resolution on an impediment to leaving the country against a citizen identified as José Francisco Silva, not against former minister Juan Silva.
The legislator added that it is a document that, according to the exhibition of the minister, he handed himself over to Migrations.
Legislator Alejandro Aguinaga, also from Fuerza Popular, announced that his group would seek censorship from the head of the Interior. The same position was shared by Renovación Popular congressmen, as they advanced even before the presentation.
At the close of this edition, the interventions in the plenary session.
Meanwhile, Congresswoman Patricia Chirinos, of Avanza País, denounced Senmache yesterday before the Subcommittee on Constitutional Accusations for alleged violation of articles 39, 44 and 119 of the Constitution, due to Silva's escape and the deaths from the clashes in Atico (Arequipa).
Chirinos requested that the head of the Interior be dismissed and disqualified from exercising public office for 10 years.