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Peru: Supreme judge removed from Constitutional and Social Law Chamber

10:22 | Lima, Jul. 25.

Peru's Supreme Court of Justice on Wednesday ordered the removal of Supreme Judge Cesar Hinostroza from the Permanent Constitutional and Social Law Chamber.

This action will be implemented while a disciplinary process —opened against him by the National Council of the Magistracy (CNM)— takes place.

An administrative resolution published in El Peruano official gazette states that the Supreme Court Chief is entitled to appoint supreme judges to the specialized chambers.

In this sense, the Permanent Constitutional and Social Law Chamber will be presided over by Vicente Rodolfo Walde Jauregui and composed of Silvia Consuelo Rueda Fernandez, Julio Martin Wong Abad, Samuel Joaquin Sanchez Melgarejo, and Ramiro Antonio Bustamante Zegarra.

As is known, on July 16, the CNM decreed the indefinite suspension of Hinostroza as part of the disciplinary process he faces in the institution.

A few days before this decision, on July 12, Hinostroza was removed from the presidency of the Supreme Court's Second Transitory Criminal Chamber.

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 has established the Justice System Reform Commission, attached to the Presidency of the Republic.

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

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

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Published: 7/25/2018
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