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Peruvians join demonstrations against corruption

00:00 | Lima, Jul. 20.

Thousands of citizens marched in diverse Peruvian cities on Thursday to protest against corruption cases recently witnessed in the Inca country's justice administration system.

Within this framework, several guilds and organizations gathered at Lima's San Martin Square and Miraflores Kennedy Park to speak out against the recent scandal involving high-level judicial authorities and National Council of the Magistracy (CNM) members.

Amid chants and banners, demonstrators filled the capital city's streets to express their indignation and categorical rejection of all forms of corruption.

Similar rallies took place in other cities across the country including Cusco, Cajamarca, Iquitos, Arequipa, Piura, Huanuco, Moquegua, Chiclayo, Ayacucho, and Tacna.


In addition, the Head of State called on citizens to march peacefully and respect the law. 

The aforementioned corruption scandal was made public last week with the release of wiretapping material implicating magistrates, National Council of the Magistracy (CNM) members, entrepreneurs, and politicians in influence peddling, bribery, and willful neglect of duty.

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, according to a Supreme Resolution published last Friday in El Peruano official gazette.

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.

(END) JAA/MVB

Published: 7/20/2018
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