Peru: arrest of six people including three senior police officers

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Peru: arrest of six people including three senior police officers

Deposed by Parliament, President Pedro Castillo is prosecuted for “conspiracy” and “rebellion”. Since then, Peru has been the scene of many protests.

Six people, including three senior police officers, were arrested in Peru on Monday for their alleged involvement in a corruption case linked to ousted former president Pedro Castillo, the Interior Ministry said. /p>

Police officers, in coordination with the Public Prosecutor's Office, carried out a mega-operation which led to the arrest of six people allegedly involved in a corruption case linked to irregular promotions in the police force, a statement said.

The ministry specifies that among those arrested are three active police generals. They would be involved in granting promotions, validated by Mr. Castillo, in exchange for money.

These arrests took place during a police operation that included searches in several cities, including Lima.

In the capital, two residences of former Defense Minister Walter Ayala, who is also under investigation in this case, were raided and various documents seized.

The Public Ministry is investigating Pedro Castillo and Walter Ayala for the alleged offenses of illegal sponsorship and criminal organization.

The former commander of the army, General José Vizcarra, and the former head of the air force, Jorge Chaparro, claimed in November 2021 that the government pressured them to promote officers who did not meet the requirements.

Pedro Castillo was deposed and then arrested on December 7 after he tried to dissolve Parliament and announced that he wanted to govern by decree, an action described by Parliament as a coup d'etat and for which he is prosecuted for rebellion and conspiracy.

A teacher of rural origin, he governed for less than a year and a half, a period marked by a deep political crisis.

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