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Peru: Congress approves organized crime accusation against suspended judge

14:03 | Lima, Oct. 5.

Peruvian Congress has approved that suspended judge Cesar Hinostroza be dismissed, banned from holding public office for 10 years, and accused of organized crime involvement.

Voting was conducted for each of the constitutional offences and alleged crimes attributed to the magistrate following a long debate on Thursday.

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

All cases saw more than 70 votes in favor and no abstentions, except that of organized crime, in which 7 lawmakers abstained from voting.

According to a report prepared by the reporting legislator Oracio Pacori, the judge has violated articles 39, 44, 138, 146, 139.2 and 139.3 of the Constitution.

During the plenary session, lawmakers approved the dismissal of former National Council of the Magistracy (CNM) members Ivan Noguera, Julio Gutierrez Pebe, Orlando Velasquez and Guido Aguila.

Case

Supreme Judge 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 judge offers and accepts favors to and from National Council of the Magistracy (CNM) members and other officials.

According to statements contained in one audio recording, Hinostroza had allegedly negotiated —with an unknown caller— the application of a mild punishment against a child rapist. 

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Published: 10/5/2018
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