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The plenary session of the Peruvian Congress approved the constitutional accusation of former President Pedro Castillo for criminal organization, influence peddling and collusion.
The Legislature approved the draft resolution with 59 votes in favor —of the 50 required—, 23 against and three abstentions.
Leftist representatives, such as the Peru Libre party, which nominated Castillo for the Presidency, voted against impeaching him.
The document approved in parliament is based on the constitutional complaint that the National Prosecutor, Patricia Benavides, presented last October for the three alleged crimes and based on three of the six investigations that the Prosecutor's Office opened against Castillo.
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The constitutional accusation allows two processes to be carried out in parliament: the impeachment, which seeks to disqualify the official or former public officials, and the preliminary trial, which is an authorization from Congress that makes it possible, through votes, to make him available to the public. Justice.
The document approved in plenary will be sent to the nation's prosecutor, who with this will be able to move on to the next stage of their investigations and initiate criminal proceedings against Castillo, who would later be tried by the Supreme Court.
The ex-president decided not to personally offer his defenses in the plenary session.
His lawyer, Eduardo Pachas, maintained that Castillo is innocent.
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“I asked the Plenary of Congress, what is the purpose of a criminal organization?
And I answer: the purpose of a criminal organization is economic benefit, money, profit," said the lawyer, arguing that within the scheme exposed by Congress there is no "economic arm."
"Where is the bank account in the name of Pedro Castillo Terrones with a single product from the criminal organization?" Questioned the defense.
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