Peru: Prosecutor initiates preliminary proceedings against Merino, Flores-Araoz, Rodriguez

Manuel Merino de Lama.

Manuel Merino de Lama.

14:36 | Lima, Nov. 27.

The Public Ministry has ordered the start of preliminary proceedings against the former President of the Republic Manuel Merino, former Prime Minister Antero Flores-Araoz, and former Interior Minister Gaston Rodriguez for the deaths of two young citizens, as well as the injuries caused to people, and the disappearance of persons during the social protests held two weeks ago.

These crimes were committed in the context of human rights violations, according to the prosecutorial document.

In addition, the Attorney General's Office deemed the investigation as "complex" and provided a period of eight months for conducting the inquiries.

On November 16, Attorney General Zoraida Avalos announced the launch of a preliminary investigation against Manuel Merino de Lama, Antero Flores-Araoz, and Gaston Rodriguez for acts of violence witnessed during the citizen demonstrations.

"I can assure you that these deaths will not remain unpunished," Avalos stated on the occasion. 


The first fatality was 22-year-old Jack Bryan Pintado Sanchez, who suffered gunshot wounds.

The second one, Inti Sotelo Camargo —aged 24 years— was admitted to a hospital with gunshot wounds to the chest at heart level.


Published: 11/27/2020
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