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The president used his official vehicle to go to the prosecutor's office in downtown Lima. The work in question was co-authored with his wife. (Photo: Jorge Cerdán)/
The President of the Republic, Pedro Castillo, once again accepted silence during the interrogation made by the anti-corruption prosecutor as part of the investigation that follows him for the alleged plagiarism of his thesis to obtain a Master's degree in Psychology from the César Vallejo University (UCV).
The stagecoach, scheduled for 2 p.m. of last Thursday, was in charge of the provincial prosecutor specializing in Corruption Crimes of Cajamarca Officials, Nury Marín Reyes, who came to Lima for that purpose.
The president entered after 1:40 p.m. to one of the offices of the Public Ministry (Progreso building), in downtown Lima. After 40 minutes, he left surrounded by his security and escorted by his lawyers Benji Espinoza and Eduardo Pachas.
Castillo Terrones is being investigated, along with the first lady Lilia Paredes, for alleged plagiarism and illegal collection (for unduly benefiting from the academic degree) based on the thesis that both presented to the UCV, called: “The equity of gender and significant learning in the area of social personnel in the students of the IV cycle of the Educational Institution No. 10465 Puña – Tacabamba – Chota”.
Last July, the case was filed despite the fact that Castillo and Paredes had not been summoned. However, it was reopened in August by the Superior Prosecutor's Office of Cajamarca before the appeal of the National Superintendence of Higher Education (Sunedu).
Among the measures that were ordered to be carried out is the interrogation of the president and the first lady.
Benji Espinoza Ramos, lawyer for the presidential couple, had already anticipated that Castillo would attend the summons and deny the charges, but that he would make use of his constitutional rights. I mean, keep quiet.
As he did in other investigations to which the president was summoned, the lawyer indicated that he would ask the prosecution to reconvene his sponsored when you have gathered all the evidence and information about the facts for which you are being investigated.
“More than more tests, all the tests. We are going to make a comparison between giving a partial statement about a part of the information to giving a statement about everything that exists. It's better to have the whole picture,” said the lawyer moments before the interrogation.
After the diligence was concluded, Espinoza used his social networks to indicate that the president “went to the prosecution.”
“Collaboration in the framework of investigations. Exercising your fundamental rights,” she added.
For the penalist Andy Carrión, The tactic that Castillo uses when going to the prosecutor's office and asking to be summoned again when there is more information “is a legal-political strategy”, since it is not convenient for him to say that he remained silent.
Although the president, indicated the expert, can record that he rejects the facts, not answering the questions of the prosecution is to remain silent, beyond that “there is a juggling terminology that says that it was presented, but it was reserved”.
“Strictly speaking, if that fact has to be qualified, it is that the president has kept silent, that is the legal term. There is no legal term that represents the reserve of the declaration, that legal term does not exist”, Carrión indicated.
He explained that there could be fear of Castillo by advancing a version that could later be refuted by the prosecution.
“They fear that, as a result of what the president says, the prosecution may find evidence that he is giving a false version. So, what the defense wants is to have all the documents, the interrogations, almost a completed investigation so that, visualizing all of it, it can outline a more elaborate strategy,” said the lawyer.
Sunedu is still waiting for information
The National Superintendence of Higher Education (Sunedu) informed El Comercio that it is still waiting for the information requested from the Public Ministry on the alleged plagiarism of Castillo. This, to determine if the investigative actions of the UCV were adequate or not.
“We had responses from some prosecutors, which are under evaluation. Public information will be collected on the investigations of the prosecutor's offices that have not responded and in parallel a reiterative request is valued”, they indicated.
The scandal that surrounds Pedro Castillo for the plagiarism complaint of his master's thesis at the César Vallejo University, by César Acuña, and the testimony that Karelim López gave in this regard before the prosecution, is the subject of the video column “Cuéntame Otra” by Fernando Vivas.