Magistrate Zoraida Avalos
on Friday was sworn in as the Attorney General of Peru for the next three years.
In her speech —after taking the oath of office— Avalos affirmed her administration will be neutral and impartial.
"I'm not moved by hatred and resentment. I do not have any commitments or conflicts with anyone. I'm just committed to the pursuit of truth and justice
," she expressed.
In this sense, Avalos said her efforts will focus on ensuring the Public Ministry's autonomy from political or subordinate interference. In Peru, the Attorney General is independent from the Executive Branch.
The ceremony took place at the Public Ministry's headquarters in the presence of Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra, Congress Chairman Daniel Salaverry, and Judicial Branch Chairman Jose Luis Lecaros.
Also attending were Supreme Prosecutors Pablo Sanchez, Victor Rodriguez, and Tomas Galvez.
Interim Attorney General
Removal and reinstatement
Former Attorney General Pedro Chavarry —on New Year's Eve— decided to remove Prosecutors Rafael Vela and Jose Domingo Perez from the Lava Jato case.
The removal of the top prosecutors investigating the case did harm the agreement and, therefore, the investigation.
In Peru, the Attorney General is not designated or confirmed by the President of the Republic. In fact, President Vizcarra had expressed his full support to the continuation of Prosecutors Vela and Perez in the case.