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Peru Congress dismisses all CNM members

20:05 | Lima, Jul. 20.

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.

The decision was taken within the framework of investigations into CNM members and Judicial Power officials involved in alleged influence-peddling cases and corruption acts.

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.

This request was intended to ensure transparency under the current government administration and safeguard the exercise of jurisdictional functions.
 
The Peruvian leader also remarked his administration has already outlined some strategies to achieve a true reform in the Inca country's justice system.

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.

On Thursday, thousands of Peruvian citizens took to the streets to protest and expressed their rejection of this corruption scandal.


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.

In this sense, President Martin Vizcarra underlined investigations must be conducted rapidly to severely punish the persons responsible for these disgraceful and despicable acts.

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.

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Published: 7/20/2018
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