The president of PeruDina Boluarte, testified this Tuesday for just over an hour, questioned by the prosecutor’s office for the repression of protests following the dismissal of her predecessor, the imprisoned former president Pedro Castillo, and which caused dozens of deaths in three months.
“It has been reported that the President of the Republic, Dina Boluarte, completed her presentation before the Peruvian prosecutor’s office, where she made statements regarding the investigation followed by the prosecutor,” the Peruvian presidency said on Twitter.
Boluarte entered the Prosecutor’s office around 08:50 a.m. in an official vehicle, which an hour and a quarter later left for the Government Palace, located a few blocks away. without the sovereign offering statements to the media.
The nation’s attorney, Patricia Benavides, who is investigating the deaths of protesters in clashes with public forces, is in charge of taking a statement from Boluarte.
He has “all the will to want to help in the discovery of the truth and in the specific investigation”, his lawyer Kelly Montenegro recently told the newspaper El Comercio.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation against Boluarte on January 10 for the alleged crimes of “genocide, qualified manslaughter and serious bodily harm” during the anti-government demonstrations of December 2022 and January 2023 in the regions of Apurímac, La Libertad, Puno, Junín, Arequipa and Ayacucho.
The head of cabinet, Alberto Otárola, the former interior minister Víctor Rojas, the minister of defense, Jorge Chávez, and the former head of cabinet Pedro Angulo, they are also implicated in the process.
Boluarte can be investigated, but no process calls while exercising his term until 2026 with presidential jurisdiction granted by the Constitution.
This Tuesday the leader of the left meets three months in power after replacing Castillo in his capacity as vice president, arrested after being fired from Congress on December 7 after a failed coup.
Castillo, a 53-year-old countryside teacher and union leader, is serving pre-trial detention in Barbadillo prison, a mini-prison for former presidentsinside the headquarters of the Special Operations Directorate of the Police, east of Lima.
His fall after 17 months in power sparked violent protests which already leave 54 dead, including six soldiers who drowned in a river over the weekend when they tried to flee protesters who attacked them with stones in the Puno region, the epicenter of the protests.
According to the ombudsman’s office, there have been too 1,300 woundedalmost half in uniform.
The protesters are calling for the resignation of Boluarte, the closing of the Congress and the bringing forward of the elections to 2023.
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