10:30 | Madrid (Spain), Sep. 23.
Spain's National Court in Madrid has confirmed the extradition of Peruvian ex-Supreme Judge Cesar Hinostroza
for the crimes of illegal sponsorship, influence peddling and incompatible negotiation, the Judiciary of Spain reported on Monday.
Such crimes, the court explained, range from influence peddling to prohibited negotiations with government officials, which are prescribed in the Spanish Criminal Code.
Likewise, the court rejected the appeal for reversal filed by the Prosecutor's Office, as well as the appeal for legal representation filed by the Republic of Peru, which requested his extradition for the crime of criminal organization.
The magistrates recalled that said category of crime requires the use of objective data on the operational mechanics of this organization and information about the specific participation of each of its members.
After considering the need to be more specific about the details, the court stated that the number of people taking part in the allegedly criminal acts is reduced to two, in the absence of stability, permanence or purpose of committing various offences, which are requirements to be accused for the crime of criminal organization or group.
Furthermore, the court dismissed Hinostroza's appeal against his extradition to Peru. The former Peruvian judge requested that the extradition be declared inadmissible.
About the 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 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.