Peruvian Congress on Friday ousted all National Council of the Magistracy (CNM) members following a three-hour-long debate held at Parliament headquarters.
Led by Congress Chairman Luis Galarreta, the session resulted in 118 votes in favor, none against, and zero abstentions.
Said members are Orlando Velasquez, Ivan Noguera, Julio Gutierrez, Baltazar Morales, Hebert Marcelo Cubas, Guido Aguila, and Maritza Aragon.
As is known, President Martin Vizcarra convened a Parliament extraordinary session in order to debate the aforementioned CNM authorities' cessation
It must be noted the Executive Branch has established the Justice System Reform Commission
—attached to the Presidency of the Republic— according to a Supreme Resolution published last week in El Peruano official gazette.
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.
Likewise, the CNM opened an investigation on Hinostroza. Also, an impeachment motion against him was submitted to Congress.
Furthermore, Hinostroza was removed from the presidency of the Supreme Court's Second Transitory Criminal Chamber.