Pedro Castillo denied the accusations against him before the Public Ministry. Sources from El Comercio said that some of the president's responses were not very extensive.
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Pedro Castillo walked from the Government Palace to the headquarters of the Public Ministry. He was accompanied by a large security team. Photo: El Comercio/Renzo Salazar.
President Pedro Castillo denied yesterday before the National Prosecutor's Office that he is part of an alleged criminal organization, having committed acts of corruption in the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) during the award of the Puente Tarata project, in the San Martín region, or having benefited certain companies.< /p>
This was indicated by tax sources to El Comercio after the interrogation of the head of state at the headquarters of the Public Ministry, in downtown Lima, which lasted three hours, ended. “There were a hundred questions and he denied everything,” commented the sources.
The interrogation was directed by the Nation's prosecutor, Pablo Sánchez, while the questions were in charge of Deputy Supreme Prosecutor Samuel Rojas, coordinator of the Illicit Enrichment and Constitutional Denunciations Area.
President Pedro Castillo went to the National Prosecutor's Office to testify as part of the investigations against him for alleged acts of corruption committed in tenders within the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC ). (Video: Public Ministry)
The sources of this newspaper indicated that some of the president's responses were not very extensive.
They even reported that some questions were objected to by their lawyers , who requested that these be redrafted.
Castillo is accused of integrating and leading an alleged criminal organization and of allegedly having participated in crimes of aggravated influence peddling and aggravated collusion.
In addition, He is the first acting President of the Republic to be questioned as an investigator by the National Prosecutor's Office.
Despite the fact that Castillo tried to prevent the diligence by filing an appeal for protection of rights before the Judiciary in order to annul the investigation against him, this had not been resolved until the early hours of the day.
< p itemprop="description" class="story-contents__font-paragraph">Therefore, at around 9:30 a.m., the president confirmed that he would attend the interrogation. Minutes later, guarded by a large police contingent, he walked from the Government Palace to the prosecutor's office on Abancay Avenue.
Statements by the president of Congress, María del Carmen Alva. (Video: Canal del Congreso)
After giving her statement and signing the 32 pages in which her testimony was collected, she left the headquarters of the Public Ministry aboard an official vehicle.
Before reaching Pizarro's House, he got off the unit and walked into Pizarro's House. There, Castillo offered brief statements to the press: he stated that he was satisfied with the diligence, but did not accept questions.
Then, through his Twitter account, assured that he had ratified before the National Prosecutor's Office that he had nothing to do with irregular acts or corruption.
Hoy me he ratificado ante la Fiscalía de la Nación que no tengo nada que ver con actos irregulares o de corrupción. Soy un hombre honesto y siempre defenderé mi inocencia y honor. Cumpliendo mi palabra, he venido para aclarar y colaborar con la justicia. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/cn66hTiAfx
— Pedro Castillo Terrones (@PedroCastilloTe) June 17, 2022
“Despite of obstacles, lies and accusations, I ask Peruvians to trust that all the objectives set by the government of the people will become a reality”, he stressed.
Benji Espinoza, one of the lawyers who accompanied Castillo to the interrogation before the prosecution, confirmed that his client denied that he headed an alleged criminal organization.
“Questions about third parties, about facts, all have been answered,” commented attorney Espinoza.
Statements by the President of the Judiciary, Elvia Barrios, after the Council for the Reform of the Justice System. (Video: Canal N)
President Castillo has been implicated in the alleged delivery of money from part of the businessman Zamir Villaverde – today in preventive detention – and the effective collaborator Karelim López.
In the first case, an audio delivered by the aspiring collaborator 02-5D-2022 assured that Villaverde had delivered S/30 thousand to the former Minister of Transport and Communications Juan Silva and that he had told him that the money was for the head of state.
The same collaborator assured that López had delivered cash to the president at the Government Palace and at the house located in the Sarratea passage, in Breña.
Pablo Sánchez, Public Prosecutor of the Nation interim, received Pedro Castillo (Photo: Andina)
According to sources linked to the case, regarding the audios, the president denied having asked for or received money, as Villaverde and Silva would be heard commenting.
Castillo He was included in the investigation after two collaborators affirmed, before the anti-corruption and money laundering prosecutors, that he headed a criminal organization that acted in the MTC. In the network there would also be former Minister Silva and the nephews of the Head of State: Fray Vásquez and Gian Marco Castillo.
Furthermore, according to these testimonies, Castillo would have sought to benefit companies that supported him in the campaign and Chinese companies, backed by a group of parliamentarians known as 'The Children'.
In a statement, the National Prosecutor's Office reported that it guaranteed the full exercise of the right to defense of the head of state and that article 117 of the Constitution was respected.