Spain Gov't approves ex-Judge Hinostroza's extradition to Peru

09:58 | Lima, Jul. 7.

The Spanish Council of Ministers has approved the extradition of ex-Supreme Judge Cesar Hinostroza to Peru, it was reported on Tuesday.

The Peruvian, who is investigated for the crimes of illegal sponsorship, influence peddling and incompatible negotiation, is expected to arrive within the next 2 to 6 months.

The crimes approved for this extradition are influence peddling, incompatible negotiation and illegal sponsorship, but of criminal organization.

In Lima, the Peruvian Government welcomes the decision of the Spanish Council of Ministers.

Hinostroza reiterates his asylum request to the European country, which has been denied in the first instance. However, the former Peruvian judge filed an appeal to extend his stay and try to remain in Spain.

On the matter, Peruvian Prime Minister Vicente Zeballos affirmed that the Spanish Council of Ministers "has allowed extradition for Cesar Hinostroza —who is investigated in the "The Port's White Collars" case— to occur."

As is known, former Supreme Judge Cesar Hinostroza is considered by the Peruvian Prosecutor's Office as the head of 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.

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.

It must be noted the Judiciary —in July 2018— approved a request to forbid Hinostroza from leaving the country

However, the ex-judge left the Inca nation through a border control point in northern Tumbes region on October 7 of the same year. 

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.

Two days later President Vizcarra confirmed the ex-magistrate's arrest in Madrid.

In December 2018, Spain rejected an asylum request by the dismissed judge. This decision strengthened the extradition request by Peru.

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.

On September 23, Spain's National Court in Madrid confirmed his extradition for the crimes of illegal sponsorship, influence peddling and incompatible negotiation.


Published: 7/7/2020
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