The procedure began at 9 in the morning and was directed by the Nation's prosecutor, Patricia Benavides. The president left the main office of the Public Ministry, in the center of Lima, minutes after 10 in the morning.
Diligence it is in charge of the Nation's prosecutor, Patricia Benavides (Photo: Public Ministry).
Although her lawyers had announced that she would not attend to the prosecution, President Pedro Castillo finally decided to go to the headquarters of the National Prosecutor's Office, which had summoned him to be questioned in his capacity as investigated for the alleged crime of influence peddling in the case of promotions in the Armed Forces.
The diligence, as reported, began at 9 in the morning and was directed by the Nation's prosecutor, Patricia Benavides. The president left the main headquarters of the Public Ministry, in the center of Lima, minutes after 10 in the morning.
This was the departure of President Castillo, who walked to the Government Palace:
Pedro Castillo is now in the Public Ministry. The diligence is in charge of the National Prosecutor, Patricia Benavides
Inició la diligencia de declaración indagatoria del presidente de la República, Pedro Castillo, en la sede del Ministerio Público. La diligencia es dirigida por la Fiscal de la Nación, Patricia Benavides. pic.twitter.com/hjJpTrIaMN
— Ministerio Público (@FiscaliaPeru) August 4, 2022
This is how Castillo joined the prosecution:
Pedro Castillo thus entered the Public Ministry on August 4. (Dissemination)
In the midst of a strong security cordon, Castillo left the Government Palace shortly after 8:35 in the morning, accompanied by his lawyers Benji Espinoza and Eduardo Pachas. He had been scheduled for 9 a.m.
“I support my defense attorneys (Benji Espinoza and Eduardo Pachas) regarding the fact that I have the right to testify in the Government Palace, however, I have asked them to accompany me to the Prosecutor's Office to defend my innocence and always collaborate with justice,” he wrote. Castillo.
This was how President Castillo was transferred to the prosecutor's office:
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On Wednesday, Benji Espinoza, attorney for the president, had announced that Castillo would not attend the prosecutor's office because, due to his investiture presidential, it was up to him to set the place for his statement and this should be the Government Palace.