LIME.- A Peruvian court ratified this Thursday the preventive detention of 18 months for the ousted president Pedro Castillo, being held in a police prison after his failed coup attempt on December 7.
“The Permanent Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court ratified the resolution that ordered 18 months of pretrial detention against former President Pedro Castillo, investigated for the crime of rebellion (alternatively, conspiracy to rebellion) against the State,” the Judiciary said on Twitter on Thursday.
The prison order for Castillo had already been issued by a court on December 15, but his defense requested that it be revoked, considering it unfair.
“I ask for the hatred to stop and I request my freedom for being a just right. I have never committed a crime of rebellion,” said Castillo, during a virtual hearing on Wednesday.
“Your Judge, I have not committed any crime of conspiracy, but the one who has conspired is Congress and other institutions in order to put together a plan for the fall of my government through successive vacancy requests and other tricks,” added the judge. Ex leader.
Castillo, a rural teacher and leftist union leader, said he was incommunicado and asked the judge to grant him access to a telephone to contact his wife and two children, who left for asylum in Mexico last week.
The former president was constitutionally removed by Congress and is being held under legal conditions and without physical complications, according to the Ombudsman’s Office, which visited him a week ago along with a team from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).
Castillo, 53, is being held in the Barbadillo prison, within the headquarters of the Special Police Operations Directorate (Diroes) in the capital.
He is being investigated for the crime of rebellion and conspiracy for trying to close Congress, intervene in public powers and govern by decree. The maneuver had no institutional backing.
The police detained him hours after his dismissal, when he was trying to reach the Mexican embassy to request asylum. He assumed the government his vice president, Dina Boluarte.
Castillo’s fall sparked violent protests that left 22 dead and more than 600 injured in clashes with security forces. The protesters call for the resignation of Boluarte, the closure of Congress and the advancement of elections to 2023.
In an attempt to mitigate the crisis, Congress approved a week ago to move the general elections from 2026 to April 2024.
FOUNTAIN: With information from AFP