The press was prevented from approaching the first lady Lilia Paredes

The press was prevented from approaching the first lady Lilia Paredes

Surrounded by a large police contingent, the wife of President Pedro Castillo appeared before the prosecutor's office. According to his lawyer, he answered the more than 30 questions that were put to him.

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Police and state security personnel guarded the first lady upon her arrival and departure from the prosecutor's office, in downtown Lima. Photo: Renzo Salazar/@photo.gec

The first lady Lilia Paredes went to the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office to testify in the investigation that is being carried out against her sister. President Pedro Castillo's wife was surrounded by a large police contingent that obstructed the work of the media, as journalists were unable to approach her.

Police and State security agents were deployed early yesterday morning at the intersection of Lampa Avenue and Santa Rosa Street, in downtown Lima.

Photographers, cameramen and reporters were outside the prosecutor's office. However, they were later retracted by the police cordon that was formed before Paredes arrived at the scene at 9:25 a.m.

The press was prevented from approaching the first lady Lilia Paredes

Lilia Paredes' lawyer, Benji Espinoza, testified before the press. (RPP)

The official vehicle that was transporting the first lady was parked at the door of the fiscal headquarters. Paredes quickly entered the building.

Three hours after testifying before prosecutor Jony Peña, from the sixth office of the First Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office, President Castillo's wife left the same way she arrived at the Public Ministry headquarters and without the press being able to approach her to formulate any question mark.

The only one to provide statements was his lawyer, Benji Espinoza, who assured that Lilia Paredes collaborated with the investigation.

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PNP agents obstructed the work of the press that covered the entrance of the first lady, Lilia Paredes, to the prosecutor's office/

The first lady was summoned by the prosecutor's office after an investigation was opened against her sister Yenifer Paredes Navarro, who was caught offering a sanitation work in the district of La Succha, in Cajamarca, together with Hugo Espino Lucana, manager of the company JJM Espino Engineering & Construction S.A.C.

The meetings

At the end of the procedure, attorney Espinoza reported that more than 30 questions were put to the first lady and that all were answered.

“He has answered all the questions, he has not refrained from testifying. Although the law allowed her to abstain, she has decided to testify. He has answered each of the questions that Dr. Peña, who, I must also say, has conducted the diligence with absolute exhaustiveness,” he indicated.

The press was prevented from approaching-the-first-lady Lilia Paredes

Lilia Paredes withdrew from the anti-corruption prosecutor's office without speaking to the press. (Photo: GEC)

When consulted, the lawyer did not delve into the details of the answers given to the prosecution by President Castillo's wife. However, El Comercio learned that the prosecution questioned her about the meeting she had with Hugo Espino Lucana on August 8, 2021.

The meeting with the manager of JJM Espino Engineering & Construction S.A.C. It lasted about five hours. Espino then returned to the Government Palace to meet directly with Yenifer Paredes, President Pedro Castillo's sister-in-law.

These events happened on August 31 and September 3 of last year. The first meeting lasted three hours and the second one hour.

The press was prevented from approaching the first lady Lilia Paredes

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On September 16, the Espino's company won the award of a work valued at S/3,876,061.73 million, called Recovery of the Infrastructure and Equipment of the Antúnez de Mayolo Educational Institution, district of Gorgor, province of Cajatambo (Lima).

Asked about this matter, the lawyer Benji Espinoza only indicated that “today [yesterday] all that was explained.” This newspaper also reported on a meeting between Espino and the Minister of Housing, Construction and Sanitation, Geiner Alvarado, which –according to the visit log– took place on September 6, 2021.

The appointment lasted about two hours and Espino was registered as a representative of the Carabayllo Torre Blanca Information Project. Finally, the businessman made two more visits to the Government Palace, on October 6 and 18, 2021.

According to the records, Espino held meetings with the then general undersecretary of the presidential office, Ysmael Mayuri Quispe. On the other hand, Benji Espinoza told El Comercio that the first lady will appear for the summons from the Congressional Oversight Commission on Wednesday the 13th.

The press was prevented from approaching the first lady Lilia Paredes

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