Ex-judge Hinostroza's asylum claim denied in Spain, Peru awaits date of extradition

18:59 | Lima, Sep. 16.

Spain's National Audience has denied an asylum request by Peru's ex-Supreme Judge Cesar Hinostroza, whose extradition to the South American country had been put on hold while his claim was being reviewed.

The Ad Hoc State Attorney for such extradition case, Javier Pachecho, on Thursday affirmed that there is no reason for the ex-judge to settle down in Spain and that his office is waiting for the Spanish Government to announce the date of his extradition.

According to Pachecho, the asylum claim —made by Hinostroza upon arrival in Spain when he fled Peru— was then rejected in the administrative phase, and such denial has been ratified now in the judicial phase.

The former supreme judge is considered the head of The Port's White Collars, a group formed by magistrates of the Judiciary and Public Ministry, whose objective was to control the agencies responsible for administering justice in order to obtain illegal benefits.

About the case

Cesar Hinostroza is implicated in a series of audio recordings released by Panorama TV show and investigative journalism site IDL-Reporteros in July 2018.

In the unethical conversations, the former judge offers and accepts favors to and from National Council of the Magistracy (CNM) members and other officials. 

He was also accused of allegedly committing the crimes of illegal sponsorship, influence peddling, and incompatible negotiation.

It must be noted that the Judiciary —in July 2018— approved a request to forbid Hinostroza from leaving the country

However, the ex-judge left the Inca nation through a border control point in northern Tumbes region on October 7 of the same year. 

On October 17, the Judicial Branch issued a search notice and an international arrest warrant against him, following a preventive detention request by the Public Ministry.

The ex-magistrate's arrest in Madrid was confirmed two days later.

In December 2018, Spain rejected an asylum request by the dismissed judge. This decision strengthened the extradition request by Peru.

A few months later, on September 23, Spain's National Court in Madrid confirmed his extradition for the crimes of illegal sponsorship, influence peddling and incompatible negotiation.

However his extradition to Peru was put on hold while his asylum request was being reviewed. 


Published: 9/16/2021
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