Yenifer Paredes: 30 months in preventive detention against the sister-in-law of the president and the mayor of Anguía, José Nenil Medina

Yenifer Paredes: 30 months in preventive detention against the sister-in-law of the president and the mayor of Anguía, José Nenil Medina

The magistrate pointed out that there is serious suspicion of the alleged crimes they are charged with: criminal organization and money laundering. It also determined the risk of escape or obstruction of justice.

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Yenifer Paredes: 30 months in preventive prison against the sister-in-law of the president and mayor of Anguía, José Nenil Medina

Yenifer Paredes is being investigated for the alleged crimes of money laundering and criminal organization./

Judge Johnny Gómez, of the Third Preparatory Investigation Court, issued 30 months of preventive detention this Sunday against the president's sister-in-law Pedro Castillo, Yenifer Paredes, and the mayor of Anguía, José Nenil Medina Guerrero, in a case of alleged criminal organization and money laundering.

The magistrate determined that the budgets for Paredes and Medina continue in prison while the prosecution investigates them: there is a level of serious suspicion regarding the crimes they are accused of, the possible sentence exceeds four years in prison and there is procedural danger (risk of flight or obstruction of justice).

Among other aspects, Judge Gómez pointed out that the loss of videos in the Government Palace cameras “constitutes objective data that reinforces the procedural danger” in the case of Yenifer Paredes.

The judge also warned that an attempt was made to prevent the recording and sharing of a meeting between Paredes, Hugo Espino and residents of La Sucha (Cajamarca), which was later published by the press and prompted the start of the investigation. In addition, he reported on the record of the communications that Paredes had with the former Minister of Transport and Communications Juan Silva, now a fugitive from justice.

Meanwhile, he considered that, as the prosecution postulated, Yenifer Paredes and José Medina do not have “quality roots”, in reference to home, family and work roots.

The judge specified that “no other less burdensome measure can be ordered” against Paredes and Medina.

Yenifer Paredes: 30 months in preventive prison against the sister-in-law of the president and mayor of Anguía, José Nenil Medina

Background information

The Special Team of Prosecutors Against Corruption in Power investigates Yenifer Paredes and José Nenil Medina as alleged members of a criminal network within the Ministry of Housing, which would be led by Pedro Castillo. The president's sister-in-law is attributed the role of 'lobbyist'; and to the mayor of Anguía, the operator.

The Public Ministry argued that there is a risk that both investigated will escape and obstruct the investigations, in particular for his links with the president and with the political power of the alleged criminal organization within the Executive. For this reason, they considered his preventive detention necessary.

To support all this, documentation of the bids, bank deposit reports, findings during raids, flight reports, statements by witnesses and those investigated, intelligence reports, etc.

For its part, the defense of both investigated rejected all investigations and assured that both Yenifer Paredes and José Nenil Medina are willing to collaborate with the tax investigations.