Lima, Aug 9 The governor in charge (interim) of the Peruvian department of Junín (center), Clever Mercado Méndez, was arrested in flagrante delicto and accused of the alleged delivery of bribes, the Prosecutor’s Office reported Tuesday.
The arrest took place in the regional capital, Huancayo, in the presence of the prosecutor in charge, Aladino Lazo Pacheco, and with the support of personnel from the Directorate against Corruption of the National Police, the Public Ministry detailed in a statement.
“This diligence was carried out within the framework of an investigation initiated by this prosecutor’s office, associated with the alleged delivery of bribes to regional councilors in order for them to vote against the return of Governor Fernando Orihuela Rojas -currently on leave- and remain in office,” the information added.
Initially, the infrastructure manager of the regional government of Junín, Gerardo Portocarrero Almonacid, was arrested on Monday in flagrante delicto in an operation led by the Public Ministry after receiving a complaint for this fact.
During the intervention, the authorities found a total of 42,850 soles (about 10,900 dollars), which, presumably, were intended to pay bribes, always according to information from the Public Ministry.
Orihuela Rojas held the post of governor after the removal of the elected regional president, Vladimir Cerrón, leader of the Peru Libre party that led Pedro Castillo to the Presidency of the Republic.
This Monday, the Judicial Branch seized the bank accounts of Cerrón, who was convicted of corruption.
The measure, according to the newspaper El Comercio, was approved at the request of the Prosecutor’s Office, which is investigating the former governor of the central region of Junín for the alleged illegal financing of the electoral campaigns of Peru Libre. EFE