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Peru's ex-judge Hinostroza denied asylum in Spain

16:40 | Lima, Dec. 5.

Spain has rejected a request for asylum by former Peruvian Judge Cesar Hinostroza —who is being investigated for his alleged participation in a criminal organization known as the Port's White Collars— State Attorney Amado Enco confirmed on Wednesday.

This decision strengthens the extradition request by Peru for the fugitive ex-magistrate.

According to the Attorney, Peru's Embassy in Madrid stated that the decision had been taken by the Inter-Ministerial Asylum and Refugee Commission in Spain.

"The information we have is that it (the asylum request) was denied," he said in statements to Canal N local channel.

Enco believes Hinostroza might ask to have his request reviewed within five days if he submits new evidence that may affect the decision.

"No change should be made without the introduction of new evidence," he explained.

The Attorney also agrees with the Inter-Ministerial Asylum and Refugee Commission in Spain since Peru always said there is no reason to grant the asylum.

According to Peru's Foreign Affairs Minister Nestor Popolizio, Cesar Hinostroza's rejected asylum claim shows that countries are aware of the priority status of the fight against corruption.

On the other hand, Peru's Justice and Human Rights Minister Vicente Zeballos noted that Spanish authorities' decision ratifies there is full respect for the constitutional order and individuals' fundamental rights in Peru.

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 the conversations, the former judge offers and accepts favors to and from National Council of the Magistracy (CNM) members and other officials. These corrupt actions were harshly criticized by most Peruvians including President Martin Vizcarra.

On October 4, Peruvian Congress approved that Hinostroza be dismissed, banned from holding public office for 10 years, and accused of organized crime involvement.

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

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

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

On October 17, the Judicial Branch issued a search notice and an international arrest warrant against ex-Supreme Court Judge Hinostroza, following a preventive detention request by the Public Ministry.

Two days later President Vizcarra confirmed the ex-magistrate's arrest in Madrid.

The subject remains in a Spanish prison.  

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Published: 12/5/2018
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