A judge in Peru ordered 18 months of preventive detention for former President Pedro Castillo, who has been in custody since December 7 after trying to dissolve his country’s Congress and install an emergency government.
Supreme Judge Juan Carlos Checkle established in his resolution that there are elements supporting the charges against Castillo and some of his associates for the crimes of rebellion and conspiracy.
As such, the former president will remain in custody at the Barbadillo prison facilities in the Atey district, east of Lima.
The magistrate also established the periodic presence of former Prime Minister Aníbal Torres, on whom he granted bail and restricted his movements.
According to the newspaper El Comercio, the magistrate said in his motion that there are elements of an alleged conspiracy conviction and would agree on the decision with Castillo, former Prime Minister Betsy Chavez, former Interior Minister Willy Huerta and Anibal Torres. To dissolve Congress and to interfere with the justice system.
The magistrate also ruled that there were elements of conviction that Castillo had the intention to flee and seek refuge in Mexico.
Castillo’s attorneys did not participate in this Thursday’s virtual hearing, arguing that their client’s eviction was illegal, as was the process being taken against him.
The court-appointed attorney assigned to Castillo indicated that his sponsor did not commit the crime of insurrection, as he did not bear arms. He also assured that there is no flight risk.
The preventive detention order against Castillo was given on the same day that the Peruvian government ordered mandatory social immobilization for five days in the country’s 15 provinces amid protests that were recorded across the country following Castillo’s arrest. A state of national emergency established a day earlier for 30 days.
In addition, this Thursday the Peruvian Congress is meeting to discuss the possibility of moving the elections until December 2023, as proposed by President Dina Boluaarte.
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