The Subcommittee on Constitutional Accusations of Congress approved the qualification report of Constitutional Complaint 403 presented by the suspended National Prosecutor, Patricia Benavides, against former President Pedro Castillo and former Minister of Defense Walter Ayala for the Ascensos Case.
The former president was accused of alleged crimes of abuse of authority, illegal sponsorship, passive bribery, while the former minister was accused of criminal organization, generic active bribery and aggravated influence peddling, described in articles 376, 385, 393, 317,317 and 400 of the Penal Code, respectively.
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Through 11 votes in favor, 1 against and 8 abstentions, said that the working group gave the green light to the document supported this Tuesday, January 23, by the technical secretariat. Margot Palacios (Perú Libre) voted against.
Meanwhile, Álex Paredes and Elizabeth Medina (Magisterial Block), Isaac Mita and Segundo Montalvo (Perú Libre), Edgar Reymundo (Democratic Change – Together for Peru), Jorge Coayla and José Balcázar (both from Perú Bicentenario), and Esdras Medina (Parliamentary Unity and Dialogue).
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It should be noted that since it is of the same nature, this complaint is added to No. 201, the same returned to the subcommittee, because it contained the final report of the Permanent Commission, it deals with the same facts and the same alleged responsibilities attributed. .
In August last year, the former Attorney General of the Nation, Patricia Benavides, filed a constitutional complaint against Castillo Terrones and Ayala Gonzales for a case called Promotions in the Armed Forces and the National Police of Peru ( PNP).
This case stems from the alleged criminal organization led by Pedro Castillo within his government. The tax scheme also targeted Congressman Américo Gonza (Perú Libre), who denied the accusations.
In November 2021, the former commander general of the Peruvian Army (EP) José Vizcarra criticized the pressure from the Government for the promotion of officers Carlos Sánchez Cahuancama and Ciro Bocanegra Loayza, who may be close to the former president.
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Similarly, the former general commander of the Peruvian Air Force (FAP) Jorge Chaparro reported interference from the Executive for the promotion of officers Edgar Briceño Camero, Carlos Castillo and Herber Vilca.
In the prosecutor’s investigation, former Police Commander General Javier Gallardo is said to have led the alleged illegal collection scheme to promote the officers of the said institution.
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In total, nine active generals are said to have paid as much as US$40,000 to be promoted. Because of this, Gallardo Mendoza was charged with crimes of criminal organization and bribery.