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Lima (AFP) – The Public Ministry of the Andean country asked the Justice on Monday to prohibit the first lady, Lilia Paredes, from leaving the country for 36 months, while she is investigated for alleged money laundering together with her husband, President Pedro Castillo.
“The Public Ministry requested 36 months of impediment to leave the country and appear with restrictions against the first lady, Lilia Paredes, in the framework of the investigation that is being carried out for the crimes of organized crime, money laundering and others,” he announced. the institution on Twitter.
Justice must decide in the coming days whether to accept or reject this request.
The request of the Prosecutor’s Office includes two brothers of the first lady, Walter and David Paredes, and a third investigated in the same case, Hugo Espino Lucana, whom the press indicates as the presumed figurehead of the presidential couple.
For this same case, a court must resolve this Tuesday whether to accept or reject a request for 36 months of preventive detention for a sister of the first lady, Yenifer Paredes, who has been under preliminary detention since August 10.
Castillo’s wife is, presumably, the coordinator of a corruption network that operates in the presidential environment, according to documents from the Prosecutor’s Office released by the press.
Pedro Castillo already faces six investigations against him
The Public Ministry believes that the 49-year-old first lady “was in charge of making viable, financing and speeding up public investment projects […] through her sister Yenifer Paredes, with the knowledge and consent of her husband,” reported the local newspaper La República.
The leftist president, who is facing six investigations, denies any wrongdoing by his family and claims to be the victim of a media campaign to remove him from power.
Castillo, who has been in office for just over a year, for which he was elected until 2026, lives under the fiscal siege for alleged corruption and the persistent siege of a Congress dominated by the right that demands his resignation.
However, the Prosecutor’s Office cannot bring him to justice, since he has immunity until the end of his term in 2026.
Castillo, a 52-year-old rural teacher, in addition to the siege of the Prosecutor’s Office, has faced two impeachment attempts by the Legislature.
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