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“General, close congress”: Castillo orders the police chief to consolidate the coup

Lima.- Former President of Peru pedro castilloAccording to his followers, he was not in control of his abilities when he announced the coup. Those around him began to say that they mixed some intoxicant in his breakfast, which made him second.

But new evidence belies that in those hours of turmoil, around midday last Wednesday, he acted with the firmness of someone who knows what he wants, and wants it now: Ordered the arrest of the Attorney General and the eviction of Congresswhere he probably expected to march into a town and make a grand entrance.

The person who disclosed this was the General Commander of the National Police of Peru, Raul Alfaro, In the framework of the judicial investigation of the failed coupWhen he announced on television that was how things would be from then on, by pure executive decree, at least provisionally.

Peru’s justice prosecutors with former president Castillo after legislative vote determined his ouster after coup Peruvian Justice Administration – AFP

“General, shut down Congress and intervene with the National Prosecutor”, Patricia Benavidez, Castillo told the police chief, as the commander himself declared, to the prosecutor’s office, among dozens of people investigating the cause of the coup, including suspects, direct witnesses and leaders behind the power.

Few more direct witnesses than Alfaro, then head of the security forces, Who got a call that morning which he never expected. According to his testimony, the phone rang and it was Interior Minister Willy Huerta, who passed him along to Castillo.

The president had already given a televised speech where he ordered a shutdown of Congress and interference with the justice system. The “intervention” included the physical arrest of Prosecutor Benavidez. He asked the Congressmen to be evicted. that the building will be closed.

“At that point, the President pointed to me: “General, close Congress, do not allow anyone to enter and remove those who are inside and interfere with the National Prosecutor.” Seeing this, I asked him: ‘What is the reason for the intervention, Mr. President?’ And he replied that those details were to be given to me by the Minister of the Interior. Then it happens to Huerta and communication is cut off, the commander announces.

According to this and other sources consulted by the Peruvian press, Castillo asked them to leave a clear path to Congress, adding that he would go along with a popular mobilization to symbolically dissolve it.

Alfaro also said that Castillo asked him to provide security for the homes of then-prime minister Betsy Chávez, her advisor Aníbal Torres, and her parents.

Peruvian Congress (Archive)
Peruvian Congress (archive)

Swift and impetuous, Alfaro acted without delay… but in exactly the opposite way to Castillo’s wishes, rebelling against his superior but obeying the law. He acted swiftly, ordering that both Congress and the prosecutor be protected. It was probably the chief’s contempt of police that made Castillo recalcitrant and plan an escape from the Government Palace to the Mexican embassy, ​​where he hoped to receive political asylum.

“I ordered Peruvian National Police the free functioning of Congress had to be guaranteed and the request for intervention from the National Prosecutor was completely illogicalThe safety of all citizens and their free transit must be guaranteed, Alfaro said in his statement.

Prosecutor Benavides Is Preliminarily Investigating For Castillo The crime of rebellion and others as a result of his decision to dissolve the Congress. For this questioning, the President is in preliminary custody for seven days.

Before Castillo made that decision, prosecutors were already investigating him for criminal organization and others for alleged illegal actions committed during his administration.

Castillo’s lawyer, María Hurtado Ambrosio, sued the Peruvian state before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). In his request, he demanded the immediate reinstatement of the former president. According to the lawyer, “To date, he has ordered the arbitrary detention of the democratically elected President Pedro Castillo Terrones.”

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