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Suspicion of rebellion and conspiracy: Peru's deposed President Castillo is in custody

2022-12-08T21:22:10.168Z

First deposed and arrested, now in custody: The Peruvian authorities suspect Pedro Castillo of attacking the country's constitutional order.



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Pedro Castillo is led away by police officers

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The judiciary in Peru has taken President Pedro Castillo, who was deposed by parliament because of an alleged attempted coup, into custody – initially for a limited period until Tuesday.

This was announced by the Supreme Court after a hearing via Twitter.

Accordingly, Castillo is being investigated on suspicion of a rebellion and conspiracy.

At the hearing, the ex-head of state only gave simple yes or no answers.

His lawyer, former justice minister and cabinet minister Aníbal Torres, argued that Castillo was arbitrarily ousted from the presidency.

Pre-trial detention is intended to prevent escape abroad

The South American country's public prosecutor accuses Castillo of attacking the constitutional order.

Prosecutor Marco Huamán argued in the hearing that the detention was necessary to determine who else took part in the alleged rebellion.

In addition, Castillo must be prevented from fleeing to another country.

By dissolving the congress, the left-wing politician wanted to forestall a vote of no confidence in parliament - but both his own cabinet and the opposition sensed a coup d'etat.

Numerous members of parliament then refused to support the former village school teacher.

Castillo was arrested on Wednesday.

Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the next day that he wanted to seek refuge in the Mexican embassy.

Mexico's government was open to granting asylum to the deposed president.

In the meantime, the previous Vice President Dina Boluarte has been sworn in as the first head of state in the South American country.

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Source: spiegel

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