The Peruvian Prosecutor's Office has summoned the country's president, Pedro Castillo, to testify on June 13 in the framework of an investigation against him for corruption, influence peddling, among other crimes.
The country's Public Ministry has also requested the presence of former Minister of Transport and Communications Juan Silva since prosecutors consider him one of the main members of what they have called a "mafia" within the sector.
Likewise, the former Deputy Minister of Transport Fabiola Caballero and former adviser Alex Starost have also been summoned by the Prosecutor's Office as a result of the 'Puente Tarata III' case, a contest that would have been assigned irregularly and that would have served to favor third parties.
On May 29, the attorney general, Pablo Sánchez, decided to open a preliminary investigation against the head of state.
Thus, Castillo has been included in the investigation, which also investigates the actions of six other Popular Action congressmen.
Prosecutors have guaranteed that the president will enjoy the "full exercise of his right to defense in accordance with article 117 of the Peruvian Constitution", according to information from the newspaper 'El Comercio'.
However, his lawyer, Benji Espinoza, has filed a petition calling for the investigation to be annulled and put to an end. «We have just presented the absolute nullity and we are going to give the Prosecutor's Office a reasonable term to rule. If he rejects our request, it opens the way for the protection of rights, ”said the lawyer.
Silva himself has refused to go to testify and has argued that "he has not received any notification." Alfredo Yalán, his lawyer, has indicated that he will not appear at the call of the Prosecutor's Office and has denounced that it is a "legal impossibility".
"We have not received any legal notification regarding a procedure that the Prosecutor's Office has apparently called for tomorrow. Moreover, according to the legal system that we have, article 147 of the Civil Procedure Code, which is applied in a supplementary manner, establishes that, between the summons for the diligence and its completion, at least three business days must elapse. , he has asserted.
In this sense, he has clarified in statements to the RPP station that "the first condition that they have notified us has not been met, much less the second within the period established by law." "Tomorrow it will be impossible, legally speaking, to be able to attend because we do not know what it is about legally speaking," he added.
After learning of these citations, the Peruvian Foreign Minister, César Landa, has stressed that the fight against corruption is "fundamental" to strengthen the rule of law, for which he has asked that these possible crimes be investigated.
"In response to the country's international commitments in this matter, corruption must be investigated, wherever it comes from, in accordance with due process and equality before the law," Landa said on his social networks, although without referring to the specific case. de Castillo and other former public employees.
The Peruvian Justice issued precautionary measures over the weekend against Silva and two other Popular Action deputies, for which they are prohibited from leaving the country at the moment after being accused of committing crimes such as collusion or criminal organization.