Peru's president claims innocence and says he is the target of judicial harassment

The president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, reiterated this Thursday that his administration is not corrupt and that he himself will not be removed from power by a “judicial harassment” of which he claims to be the target and that would be orchestrated, according to the head of state himself, by a wing of the population that wants to overthrow a “democratically elected” government.

“Harassment continues today, judicial, criminal harassment, they don’t mind breaking the family , they don’t care about leaving our children orphans, they designed a situation with the aim of bringing us down”, declared the Peruvian president at an official rally in the Chiclayo region, in the north of the country.

Castillo stated that his administration “did not come to dig his nails into the national treasury” and that the country is experiencing an “adverse political scenario” in which, according to him, there are “people who do not want to understand” that he was elected in June 2021 in “an open, free process, with the people expressing themselves at the polls”.

“They want to overthrow a government democratically elected”, he emphasized.

“We came to make things transparent, we came to show that this country can advance, a country that has been eternally neglected, a centralist country (…) never had,” he added.

Castillo made these statements a week after the Public Ministry opened a sixth preliminary investigation, which is based on the presumption that he is the head of a corrupt organization that allegedly operates within the government.

The investigation came to light a day after Yenifer Paredes, the younger sister of the first lady and raised as a daughter by the presidential couple, surrendered to justice after being the subject of an arrest warrant. ten-day preventive The accusation is that she would act in a money laundering scheme in that alleged organization.

With the opening of this new preliminary investigation, which also includes the Minister of Transport, Genier Alvarado, the Public Ministry has already added six investigations against Castillo, despite the Peruvian Constitution only allowing the investigation of the incumbent president for treason and for impeding elections.

For the head of state, however, it is all part of an operation allegedly orchestrated by those who would have tried to remove him from power through accusations of electoral fraud after he won the presidential election in June last year.

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