The former advisor to the suspended Attorney General of the Nation, Patricia Benavides, Jaime Villanueva, stated that the Fujimori congresswoman Martha Moyano let him in through the secret door of Congress, a passage to Junín Jirón, so that they could meet and coordinate the things. in their favor. Villanueva stated that the lawmaker asked them for “support” in relation to Lava Jato’s case. This, in return for filing complaints against Benavides.
“I coordinated with Congresswoman Moyano in 2022, regarding Pedro Castillo’s complaint, her votes to file the complaint against Patricia Benavides, I also coordinated with her on the disqualification of Zoraida Ávalos, the votes of Fuerza Popular. ..”, declared Villanueva. The person involved in Benavides’ alleged criminal network mentioned that Benavides informed Moyano that he was the only one authorized to coordinate.
What other Fujimoristas received Jaime Villanueva?
According to Villanueva’s statements, his bench colleagues Miki Torres, Patricia Juárez and the late Nano Guerra participated in the second meeting with Moyano. This meeting began between September and October 2022. He specified that in that session, in which Benavides’ other adviser, Miguel Girao, was also present, it was coordinated to “support Patricia Benavides as much as possible.”
As a favor to Benavides, Moyano requested that he support Fuerza Popular in the case of Lava Jato, but Villanueva has no guarantee because he will not discuss it with the suspended prosecutor first. Meanwhile, at the end of September, Villanueva no longer spoke regularly with the Fujimori congresswoman because Benavides got a “direct channel” to the party’s senior leadership.
Jaime Villanueva also pointed to former president Pedro Castillo and the complaint against him that resulted in the vacancy. When it was presented, Moyano contacted him to assure him that it would not succeed because it was impossible to open an investigation against the president or indict him. “He told me: ‘If we open that door, then when it’s our turn, Keiko will be full of investigations,'” Villanueva said.
Keiko Fujimori and Patricia Benavides coordinated the removal of JNJ
Villanueva declared that Benavides coordinated with Keiko Fujimori to try to remove the National Board of Justice (JNJ) on December 8, a plan that did not materialize due to a precautionary measure from the Judiciary. This coordination, according to the effective collaborator, shows the role of the Fuerza Popular leadership in the removal attempt.
Despite efforts and detailed planning, including the evaluation of congressmen to file complaints against judges and the opening of investigations by the Public Ministry, the plan failed, leaving Benavides dissatisfied with the lack of support promised by Fuerza Popular.
The person who also negotiated with Benavides to remove JNJ, according to Villanueva, was the president of the Congress, Alejandro Soto, as well as the disqualification of Zoraida Ávalos. This arrangement means mutual benefit, where Soto promised to influence the Parliament to get the necessary support in exchange for shelving the investigations against some congressmen.