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Peru: Former judge flees to Spain despite travel ban

21:04 | Lima, Oct. 17.

Peru's ex-Supreme Court Judge Cesar Hinostroza is said to have left the country despite a travel ban imposed by the Judicial Branch.

He is believed to be in Spain along with his wife Gloria Gutierrez Chapa, who flew on October 11.

According to El Comercio newspaper, Hinostroza entered Spanish territory through Madrid's Barajas Airport on Wednesday.

It should be noted the Public Ministry received the constitutional accusation filed against him on Tuesday —12 days after its approval at the Parliament's plenary session.

Congress Chairman Daniel Salaverry said appropriate action will be taken against those responsible.

Case

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 former 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.

On October 4, Peruvian Congress approved that Hinostroza be dismissed, banned from holding public office for 10 years, and accused of organized crime involvement.

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

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Published: 10/17/2018
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