Andina

FA Min rules out political persecution in Peru

15:08 | Lima, Jul. 15.

Foreign Affairs Minister Nestor Popolizio on Monday claimed there is no political persecution in Peru, as the Inca country respects the independence of powers and gives priority to the rule of law.

Keiko Fujimori

"All I can say is there is no political persecution in Peru; we respect independence of powers and give priority to the rule of law," Popolizio said when asked about former presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori, who is currently serving 36-month preventive detention over alleged money laundering charges linked to the Brazilian company Odebrecht.

The Judicial Branch declared well-founded the request made by the Prosecutor's Office to imprison Fujimori because of the danger of obstruction of justice that implied keeping her free.

When asked if Fuerza Popular legislators' statements may affect the country's image, Popolizio underscored that their claim had no impact on international media.

Cesar Hinostroza

On the other hand, he stated the Foreign Affairs Ministry has been fully open and transparent regarding the meeting —in Spain— between Ambassador Cesar Bustamante and former Supreme Judge Cesar Hinostroza, who faces an extradition process for his links to the criminal organization known as The Port's White Collars.

As is known, The Port's White Collars is 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.

Popolizio said the meeting took place as part of Bustamante's visit to the prison where the ex-supreme judge was being held.

According to the minister, during the visit, Bustamante was accompanied by Peru's consul-general and deputy consul to Madrid.

It was in this context that Hinostroza told Bustamante that he had left the Inca country because he was afraid of being thrown in jail and that he may return when the arrest warrant against him is lifted.

Popolizio explained there are two reports on the meeting, one is in the possession of the diplomatic mission in Madrid and has been classified as secret by the consulate, although a declassification process is underway.

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Publicado: 15/7/2019