Juan Carlos Villena considers that there is no sufficient reason to remove Marita Barreto from her position
The Prosecutor of the Nation, Juan Carlos Villena, considers that there is no reason for the former head of the Public Ministry, Patricia Benavides, to remove prosecutor Marita Barreto as the coordinator of the Special Team of Prosecutors against Corruption in Power (EFICCOP).
“Yes. We agree that the investigations carried out by this special group will continue, and we support all the special groups, their coordinators, as well as the senior prosecutors, coordinators of each, in the coordination of the special prosecutor that we have in the Public Secretariat. (…) We all see that, at least, there is no sufficient reason for this (the removal of Marita Barreto), “said Juan Carlos Villena of Enfoque de los Sábados in his first interview with a media outlet.
As it is known, the supreme prosecutor, Juan Carlos Villena, took over on an interim basis as state attorney after a six-month suspension against prosecutor Patricia Benavides of the National Board of Justice (JNJ). He has the power to conduct the investigation against the suspended prosecutor himself.
Villena also said that these investigations and the final decisions of each of them must be respected. Also, he pointed out that since the public ministry is transparent in every case,.
“Each officer, as well as each citizen, is subject to investigations, whether of a disciplinary or criminal nature. In this case, due to the investigations of a criminal case, these signs were noticed, and an investigation was initiated that later moved to the administrative sphere of the JNJ, which is the constitutional body authorized to make the administrative approval of prosecutors and judges, and was suspended. or even the dismissal of officials,” he explained.
Regarding the claims presented by Patricia Benavides, pointing out that her rights were violated, Prosecutor Juan Carlos Villena explained that all those investigated, in the criminal or administrative sphere, have the right to use their defense and also to observe due process.
“If a person considers that they are not observed and that they are questioning the decisions of the authorities, of course they have the right to go through the same process or another to respect their rights, and that is part of the due process,” he stressed.