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Peru: New audio recording released amid judicial corruption scandal

12:43 | Lima, Jul. 31.

A new audio recording —involving suspended Supreme Judge Cesar Hinostroza and new Attorney General Pedro Chavarry— was released Monday evening amid a scandal implicating National Council of the Magistracy (CNM) members and Judicial Branch officials.

The conversation shows the two men making arrangements to hold a meeting with representatives of media outlets.

Hinostroza is heard telling Chavarry about the urgent need to meet with the media.

In one of the recordings, Hinostroza says he will call some editors-in-chief to hold a meeting at a friend's house. The Attorney General replies: "All right, pal."

In another audio clip, in which they talk about the birthday party of CNM then-Chairman Orlando Velasquez, Hinostroza emphasizes not to forget about the meeting with "his friend in the media."

The interlocutor replies: "This is urgent, pal." 

Following the release of conversations about a possible meeting with media outlets, the Attorney General assured he has never asked Hinostroza to make arrangements with the media, as he did not run a campaign to be elected as Public Ministry's head.


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.

The Executive Branch established the Justice System Reform Commission, attached to the Presidency of the Republic.

The consultative commission was designed to propose urgent and concrete measures to reform the justice system thus contributing to effective, timely, transparent, efficient, and incorruptible justice.

As is known, Peruvian Congress ousted all National Council of the Magistracy (CNM) members following a three-hour-long debate held at Parliament headquarters.

Last Wednesday, President Martin Vizcarra received the first report elaborated by the Justice System Reform Commission.

This document included anti-corruption proposals that the Head of State mentioned on July 28 during his address to the nation on the occasion of Peru's 197th Independence Day anniversary.

In his Saturday address, he said the Government will be relentless in the fight against corruption and will denounce those it deems responsible.

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Published: 7/31/2018
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