Peru: President says he is not part of criminal network

Photo: ANDINA/Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Peru

Photo: ANDINA/Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Peru

14:15 | Lima, Aug. 4.

The President of the Republic Pedro Castillo on Thursday assured that he is not part of a criminal network, adding that he will prove his innocence before Peruvian justice authorities.

In remarks to the press from the Government Palace's Courtyard of Honor, Mr. Castillo indicated that despite having the presidential prerogative for Public Ministry officials to go to the Executive Branch headquarters, "it does not bother me to go and testify to the Prosecutor's Office or to any part of the country."

"I will attend as many times as I am summoned, first to say that I am not part or member of a criminal network; that is what I have told the Attorney General today, and I have told her that I will prove in any space —there or wherever— my innocence. I have robbed no one, I have killed no one," he expressed.

Similarly, the Head of State specified that he is ready to testify, but that he will not submit himself to media cases either, indicating that "a tower is being created to put inside people's minds (the doubt) whether it is true that Pedro Castillo has stolen and is part of a criminal network."

"(…) I am not going to lend myself to those cases, because I have come here elected by the people; I have an agenda as President, and I am quite worried about what is happening in the country, about the most urgent (matters)," he said.

Moreover, Mr. Castillo ruled out obstruction of justice because he will always respond to justice.

"I told the Attorney General that I will attend whenever they summon me. On Tuesday, I have another summons (to attend a hearing). Nonetheless, the country is above that; I cannot be facing assumptions every day, and I will respond to these cases (…)," he added.

In Peru, the Public Ministry is independent from the Executive Branch.


Publicado: 4/8/2022