Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra on Thursday night affirmed that he unrestrictedly
and the investigations carried out by the Public Ministry.
"Although, as I have previously stated, the use of preventive detention in our country is, on occasions, excessive, I hope the investigations follow their course under the principles of impartiality, legality, and transparency, thus guaranteeing the former president the right to due process
," Vizcarra expressed.
In Peru, the Public Ministry is independent from the Executive Branch.
"I want to make it clear to the population that the Judicial Power and the Executive Power are independent, and my administration is respectful of their privileges," he noted.
Vizcarra went on to add that —in his capacity as a Peruvian— he regrets this decision and indicated the government will remain firm in the legal actions undertaken to achieve Hinostroza's return to Peru, where he is being investigated in "The Port's White Collars" Case.
Cesar Hinostroza is implicated in a series of audio recordings
released by Panorama TV show and investigative journalism site IDL-Reporteros in July 2018.
In the conversations, the former judge
offered and accepted unethical favors to and from National Council of the Magistracy (CNM) members and other officials. These corrupt actions were harshly criticized by most Peruvians.
On October 17, the Judicial Branch issued a search notice and an international arrest warrant against ex-Supreme Court Judge Hinostroza, following a preventive detention request by the Public Ministry.