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Peru Attorney General files complaint against current head of National Electoral Tribunal for alleged corruption

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Peru’s Lawyer Normal’s Workplace filed a constitutional criticism Friday towards Jorge Luis Salas Arenas, the present president of the Nationwide Electoral Tribunal (JNE), for the alleged crime of incompatible negotiation or improper use of workplace to the detriment of the Peruvian state. The criticism follows a preliminary investigation by the Lawyer Normal’s Workplace into occasions relationship again to 2017, when Salas Arenas was a Supreme Courtroom of Justice decide.

In a statement launched on X (previously Twitter), the Lawyer Normal’s Workplace clarified that the constitutional criticism towards Salas Arenas is for his actions as a decide of the Supreme Courtroom of Justice, to make sure that Walter Ríos Montalvo, who was president of the Superior Courtroom of Justice of Callao on the time, employed his former advisor Pavel Cárdenas Peña.

Ríos Montalvo is among the important figures concerned within the “Cuellos Blancos del Puerto” case, a case of alleged corruption within the Peruvian justice system that erupted in 2018. In keeping with the assertion, the investigation towards Salas Arenas was supplemented by info obtained in January of this yr from the First Workplace of the Particular Prosecution Group investigating the “Cuellos Blancos del Puerto.”

In keeping with the Peruvian newspaper El Comercio, which had entry to the textual content of the constitutional criticism, the Public Prosecutor’s Workplace confirmed that Cárdenas Peña labored as Salas Arenas’ “trusted secretary” between February and November 2017, and that instantly after the top of this employment, he started working on the Superior Courtroom of Callao, with the authorization of Ríos Montalvo, till October 2018. The Peruvian newspaper that Ríos Montalvo expressed feeling compelled to just accept Salas Arenas’ request to rent Cárdenas Peña resulting from perceiving an inquisitive tone within the request, which he interpreted as an “order” from a Supreme Courtroom decide who was his superior.

The Lawyer Normal’s constitutional criticism was offered to the Peruvian Congress to provoke an Antejuicio course of towards Salas Arenas in his capability as a member of the Supreme Courtroom of Justice, as outlined in Articles 99 and 100 of the Political Constitution of Peru. The Antejuicio course of is a mechanism by which the Everlasting Fee of Congress can accuse any high-ranking official talked about in Article 99 of the Peruvian Structure (together with Justices of the Supreme Courtroom) of committing against the law whereas performing their duties, taking away their immunity. This operate now falls underneath the jurisdiction of the Peruvian Chamber of Deputies, following amendments launched by Law 31988 on March 20, 2024.

Within the Antejuicio course of, Congress solely determines the admissibility of the accusation; if accredited, the accused particular person is subjected to a prison trial earlier than the Supreme Courtroom.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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