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Peru’s Congress approves bill removing former President Pedro Castillo’s immunity

(CNN) — The Peruvian Congress voted on Monday morning to approve a bill removing former President Pedro Castillo’s immunity, authorizing the Supreme Court to prosecute him for the alleged crime of rebellion.

Castillo was removed from office last Wednesday after a 101-member majority in the 130-member legislative body voted to remove the former president. Castillo is currently under seven days of preliminary arrest ordered by Peru’s Supreme Court of Justice.

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The Congress tweeted that the bill, passed on Monday, got a majority of 67 votes and before its passage, it got the right to criminally prosecute the President.

Congressman Alejandro Munante, who is also the third vice president of Congress, told CNN en Español that the law was justified because of the former president’s “coup attempt” and constitutional violations.

Munante said, “The flagrant delicto figure enables us to proceed in this way as evidence of a violation of the constitutional order, the same video where Mr. Castillo makes this statement validating this coup.”

“It shows us, even after we received the announcement of the General Commander of the National Police, who ordered the closure of the Congress and even the intervention of the National Prosecutor, that the coup d’état was the slogan” état Establish another dictatorship in your country”.

During the session in Vidhansabha building, Congressman assaulted his colleague

An extraordinary session of the plenary session of the Peruvian Congress, held this Sunday, was marked by an attack by a legislator on one of his colleagues, an incident that was recorded on media cameras.

The incident was carried out by Pasion Davila, a congressman from the magisterial block, who, after a tense start to the session – marked this week by accusations between parties and over the vacancy approved against former President Pedro Castillo – stormed the legislative complex during a Crossed. Recessed and punched in the face of Juan Burgos from behind, who does not currently belong to any political group in parliament.

According to images of the incident – ​​recorded by media at the scene – Burgos subsequently followed Dávila, but other legislators blocked his way and prevented him from reaching him. A struggle then ensued in which more legislators quickly joined in amid shouting and pointing.

Interviewed by state TV Peru, Burgos described the attack as “cowardly” and criticized that other congressmen had protected him. Burgos pointed to Davila and other legislators as “associates of Pedro Castillo” and suggested they had business ties for which they “did not want to vote for the vacancy.”

As of this Sunday, Davila had not ruled out the incident and CNN is trying to get its version of what happened.

The only point of this Sunday’s session in Congress was to deal with an official letter from the Ministry of Public Affairs that reports the initiation of proceedings against former President Pedro Castillo for allegedly violating a constitutional order, as well as two former ministers.

With information from CNN En Espanol’s Marlon Sorto and Jimena de la Quintana.

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