In a meeting with the National Prosecutor, Patricia Benavides, Minister of the Interior Willy Huerta, insisted on replacing Colonel Colchado as coordinator of the PNP Special Team. But the head of the MP “took firm on the issue” and reminded him that said group had already been designated by ministerial resolution, according to sources from El Comercio.
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Colonel of the National Police of Peru (PNP) Harvey Colchado will continue to lead of the PNP Special Team in support of the prosecutorial group led by Marita Barreto, which is investigating figures linked to the government of President Pedro Castillo.
This agreement was reached by the National Prosecutor Patricia Benavides and the Minister of the Interior (Mininter) Willy Huerta, after a meeting held at the headquarters of the Public Ministry , in which the head of the National Police, Luis Vera, also participated.
Sources from the Public Prosecutor's Office told El Comercio that during the meeting aimed at discussing support and coordination between the two institutions, Minister Huerta insisted on changing Colonel Colchado as coordinator of the PNP Special Team and that he would be replaced PNP Colonel Franco Moreno Panta.
However, the sources reported, “The prosecutor was firm on the issue” and reminded Huerta that the PNP Special Team had already been designated by ministerial resolution. And that said authorization had been approved and signed, even by the current head of the National Police, Luis Vera Llerena.
This, despite the fact that in a document issued by the PNP, Vera Llerena now supports the position of the Minister in which he proposed to change Colchado of the coordination.
After that, Huerta Olivas told him that there would be no changes in the PNP Special Team and that Colchado would continue to lead said police group.
Finally, through its social networks, the Public Ministry reported that during the meeting, prosecutor Benavides Vargas “remarked that the direction of the investigation corresponds to the Prosecutor's Office.
“In addition, there is already a Special Team of the PNP, with a current ministerial resolution, which supports the investigation of the Special Team of Prosecutors against Corruption”, they pointed out.
PNP sources told this newspaper that, despite the attempts to remove him from the Ministry of Inter, Colonel PNP Colchado has been working normally in coordination with the prosecutorial team led by Dr. Barreto.
Prosecutor of the Nation Liz Benavidez reminded Minister Willy Huerta that the investigation was led by the prosecution.
“Yes it will continue ”
In statements to the press, Minister Willy Huerta confirmed that PNP Colonel Harvey Colchado will continue as coordinator of the Special Team. He added that logistical resources and personnel have been assigned to said police team.
“Yes, it will continue, the ministerial resolution will continue which was issued by my predecessor. The prosecution has requested and has requested that official Mr. Colchado be the general coordinator and he will continue, ”he said.
Likewise, he assured that as minister he could have modified the appointment resolution, but he did not.
“There will be no change, the team will continue working. Within my faculties I could have modified the constitution, I could have modified it, but I have not done it, respectful of the prosecution”, he commented on his way out of the meeting.