Peru's Foreign Affairs Ministry
on Friday announced Ambassador Cesar E. Bustamante Llosa will be removed from his position as Director-General of Peruvian Communities Abroad and Consular Affairs, as well as from other posts to which he was assigned.
In a recent statement, the Foreign Affairs office said that Minister Nestor Popolizio
has decided to conduct an inquiry into the facts right away.
According to the document, ministerial authorities did not know about Bustamante Llosa's links to Hinostroza
, which are been investigated already.
"The aforementioned diplomat did not inform of any previous conversation or personal relationship with ex-Supreme Judge Cesar Hinostroza," reads the statement.
"From now on, Ambassador Cesar Enrique Bustamante Llosa is removed from his post as Director-General of Peruvian Communities Abroad and Consular Affairs, as well as from other posts to which he was appointed," it added.
About the case
Cesar Hinostroza is considered by the Peruvian Prosecutor's Office as the head of the criminal organization known as The Port's White Collars
, a group formed by magistrates of the Judiciary and Public Ministry, whose objective was to control the agencies responsible for administering justice in order to obtain illegal benefits.
In Peru, the Public Ministry is independent from the Executive Branch.
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 unethical conversations, the former judge
offers and accepts favors to and from National Council of the Magistracy (CNM) members and other officials. These corrupt actions were harshly criticized by most Peruvians, including President Martin Vizcarra.
He was also accused of allegedly committing the crimes of illegal sponsorship, influence peddling, and incompatible negotiation.
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.
Hinostroza is prohibited from leaving the European country, must establish residence in Spanish territory, and must appear before court twice a week, among other measures.