Peru: Keiko Fujimori is about to enter trial, says Prosecutor Vela

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13:30 | Lima, May. 24.

Keiko Fujimori is about to enter a trial phase because the intermediate stage has already been completed and the indictment is likely to be published in one month or one month and a half, Lava Jato Case Special Prosecution Group Coordinator Rafael Vela announced on Wednesday.

The prosecutor stated that it is the same situation as what happened with former President Alejandro Toledo, who last Tuesday completed the legal control of the intermediate stage for the Interoceanic case, which had been said to last at least two years.

"The Toledo case is on the verge of entering the trial (phase), the same happens with the case involving Mrs. (Keiko) Fujimori; perhaps there was not the same interest," Vela told RPP Noticias. 

"But the control of the intermediate stage in Mrs. Fujimori's case has already concluded, and we are about to go to trial. We think that this can very likely happen; it depends on the Judiciary, but the prosecution order should be published in one month or one month and a half," he added.

Vela specified that the special team does not carry out "plebiscite work," but rather one "at a technical level," having presented a total of 15 mega accusations to the Judiciary.

Furthermore, he indicated it is not necessary to say that no sentences were obtained, since 26 linked to effective collaboration were obtained, which imply guilt.

The magistrate announced that to these 15 mega accusations others will be added, such as the cases related to Peru's Southern Gas Pipeline, the one that involves former Prime Minister Cesar Villanueva, and that of the arbitrators involved in emblematic proceedings.


Prosecutor Vela affirmed that his team receives, "with caution and respect" for the institutional framework that exists in Peru, the decision by the Judiciary to annul the 
prosecutorial request for 35 years in prison against former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

"The Judiciary makes decisions that are not always in favor of the Public Ministry's procedural interests, which proves the independence of powers," Vela said.

"We are very confident that the appeal will (serve to) reverse this decision by the judge at first instance, because the precedents say so," he concluded.


Publicado: 24/5/2023