New Prosecutor of the Nation, Patricia Benavides, supports the investigation of Pedro Castillo

New Prosecutor of the Nation, Patricia Benavides, supports the investigation of Pedro Castillo

The magistrate supports the investigation of President Pedro Castillo, according to sources at El Comercio. He replaces Pablo Sánchez, who held the position on an interim basis since March.

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New Prosecutor of the Nation, Patricia Benavides, supports the investigation of Pedro Castillo

Patricia Benavides Vargas is the new Prosecutor of the Nation.

The lawyer Liz Patricia Benavides Vargaswas elected prosecutor of the Nation after a session of the Board of Supreme Prosecutors held on Monday. In this way, he will succeed Pablo Sánchez, who held the position on an interim basis since last March 30, after the end of the three-year term at the head of the Public Ministry. years of Zoraida Ávalos.

The election was held in an extraordinary session of the board, called by Sánchez only three days after that said body of magistrates meet for the first time after the incorporation of Benavides Vargas and Juan Villena Campana as supreme prosecutors.

That meeting last Friday made it possible to complete the regulatory quorum of the board. Both recently incorporated Supreme Prosecutors were sworn in to their respective positions last Tuesday the 14th, after being selected in a public contest carried out by the National Board of Justice (JNJ). His swearing-in as prosecutor of the Nation would take place next week.

El Comercio was able to learn that Benavides has the same line as his predecessor Pablo Sánchez regarding the possibility of investigating an acting President of the Republic. Therefore, according to sources from the institution, he maintains the position of continuing the investigation against the president Pedro Castillo.

At the end of May, Sánchez decided to initiate a preliminary investigation into Castillo Terrones for the alleged crimes of criminal organization, aggravated influence peddling, and aggravated collusion, an unprecedented event due to the fact that previous prosecutors of the Nation had been reluctant to investigate a president. in office based on interpretations of article 117 of the Constitution.

Sánchez even summoned the president for last Friday and the interrogation sheet included one hundred questions.

The same tax sources told this newspaper that Benavides did not agree with the decision made by Ávalos last January.

The former prosecutor of the Nation decided to open two investigations against Castillo −one for the Petro-Perú and Puente Tarata cases and the other for alleged interference in promotions in the Armed Forces− but ended up suspending them until the end of the president's term.

This newspaper was also able to learn that Sánchez evaluated the possibility of creating a special team of prosecutors for cases involving the current government. However, he did not execute the initiative because his function is interim.

For his election, Benavides obtained the favorable votes of Sánchez, Ávalos and Villena.

Judge's Profile

A native of Huancavelica, Benavides is 53 years old and has 25 years of experience in the Public Ministry. She is a lawyer from the University of Lima. She also has a master's degree in Criminal Law and Constitutional Guarantees from the University of Jaén, Spain, as well as a doctorate in Law from the Alas Peruanas University.

In the public contest for the appointment of supreme prosecutors, Benavides ranked first in the merit table with 89.09 points.

In 2002 she was appointed titular provincial prosecutor and in the last eleven years she served as titular supreme deputy prosecutor attached to the Office of the Prosecutor of the Nation.

Under that function, he worked with the last five prosecutors of the Nation in cases such as La Switchboard, the Orellana Network and the White Necks of the Port.

In January 2019, as supreme deputy prosecutor attached to the National Prosecutor's Office, Benavides asked Pedro Chávarry, then head of the Public Ministry, to step aside and allow “a democratic solution” to the crisis that that institution was going through as a result of of the temporary removal −which he described as “inadequate”− of prosecutors Rafael Vela and José Domingo Pérez from the Lava Jato special team.

Reactions

For Samuel Rotta, executive director of Proética, the Peruvian chapter of Transparency International, the decision taken by Sánchez to investigate Castillo was important, which is why he told this newspaper: “The new prosecutor of the Nation in that sense. We would expect him to continue with that investigation.”

Reactions also came from different political actors.

“In the hands of the new prosecutor of the Nation, Patricia Benavides, is now returning to the country the stability and security that is needed in this crisis generated by the inability of Castillo and his government of corruption. The investigations cannot be stopped. The people demand justice,” Patricia Chirinos, third vice president of Parliament, said on Twitter.

“In the hands of a woman lies the responsibility of the Prosecutor's Office of the Nation. That she act in accordance with the law and firmly in the face of so many acts of corruption by this government, ”wrote Norma Yarrow, legislator for Avanza País.

The Minister of Justice, Félix Chero, welcomed the appointment of Benavides and advocated joint work. The Minister of the Interior, Dimitri Senmache, wished him success in his administration and asked him to grant him a coordination meeting soon.

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PROJECT

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RISK

Experts recently warned that such an initiative announced days ago by Chero would seek to curb cases that affect the Government and would harm the right to information and the work of the press.

New National Prosecutor, Patricia Benavides, supports the investigation of Pedro Castillo