Lima, Aug 23 (EFE).- The Peruvian Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday it supported the request for 36 months of preventive detention against the sister-in-law of Peruvian President Pedro Castillo over the alleged crimes of criminal organization and money laundering.
Yenifer Paredes, whom Castillo and his wife raised as their daughter, is suspected of being part of a criminal organization to award public works in exchange for money, according to the Prosecutor’s Office version, which includes the head of state and the family environment closest to him.
Prosecutor Jorge Garcia presented a series of convictions before Judge Johnny Gomez in a hearing in which Paredes, detained since Aug. 10, and the mayor of the Anguia district Jose Nenil Medina. also arrested for this case, participated.
The Public Ministry representative showed notebooks with notes of alleged money payments to members of the alleged criminal network, including Castillo’s wife Lilia Paredes and Medina, as criminal organization evidence.
Garcia also said Paredes staged her delivery to justice, a day after the Prosecutor’s Office arrived at the Government Palace to arrest her, where authorities did not find her.
He said the National Police had first-hand information that Paredes was in the Government Palace, when they went to arrest her, but that the assistant to the presidency said the Prosecutor’s Office would not be allowed to enter until the president’s lawyers arrived.
Garcia said there was an obstacle to the fulfillment of a judicial order.
The head of the military house in the Government Palace refused to hand over security camera images, with which the prosecution tried to verify the presence of Paredes in the building.
The prosecutor said there was a “serious procedural danger,” both in the “danger of flight” and in that of “obstruction of evidence” by the defendant.
Paredes’ lawyer, Jose Dionicio Quesnay, said the prosecutor had brought “a good story of an alleged crime, but not the proper theory of the case of the alleged crimes to grant preventive detention.”
Despite Paredes declaring he worked and received income for one of the companies that benefited from the award of works in the Cajamarca region, where Castillo and his family come from, the first lady declared that she did not carry out any work activity, Garcia said.
At the hearing, Paredes told the judge she worked independently and she received about PEN 2,100 (about $ 543) per month.
She said she was available to authorities and just received her bachelor’s degree in business administration.
After the exposure of the parties, the judge suspended the hearing until Wednesday to continue with the evaluation of the request for preventive detention also presented against the mayor of Anguia. EFE