Chávez Chino was absent from the meeting in Congress due to presumed medical problems.
The deputy supreme prosecutor Marco Huamán affirmed in the Subcommittee on Constitutional Accusations (SAC), in a hearing held last Friday, January 27, that former Prime Minister Betssy Chávez did participate in the self-coup d’état that took place in the country.
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For this breach of the constitutional order, the former prime minister faces the alleged crimes of rebellion and, alternatively, conspiracy.
“(There are) elements of conviction that link the participation of the now investigated Betssy Chávez,” the representative of the Public Ministry said about this fact.
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In front of the members of the working group, chaired by legislator Lady Camones (Alliance for Progress), the prosecutor pointed out that the legislator also held a previous meeting on December 7, the date on which the self-coup took place, before the message to the Nation from former President Pedro Castillo.
As he specified, former Prime Minister Aníbal Torres also participated in this meeting, currently appearing with restrictions, and Chávez’s predecessor in office.
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“(He met) with the co-investigated for the purpose of perpetrating the crime of rebellion to modify the regime and constitution of Peru; meeting that took place in the Government Palace where they agreed to dissolve Congress, establish an emergency government and reorganize the justice system ”, he asserted.
The public official explained that the journalist Cinthya Malpartida, in her statements before the Prosecutor’s Office, maintained that Betssy Chávez was not only seen meeting with the co-perpetrators of the crime, but also informed her that what the former Head of State said to the population, in his message to the coup Nation, it would be ratified by means of a resolution.
Huamán also recalled that PNP General Raúl Alfaro reported weeks ago that Castillo Terrones had asked him to provide police security at his parents’ house, at the home of Betssy Chávez and Aníbal Torres. This occurred, according to the police authority, through a telephone call.
“We have the telephone communication that the then President of the Republic (Pedro Castillo) would have had with the PNP Commander General Alfaro Alvarado, whom he would have ordered to provide security for his parents’ house, as well as the homes of Betssy Chávez and Aníbal. Torres,” said the prosecutor.
Betssy Chávez did not inform the ministers about the coup that was about to take place.
The former premier did not attend the aforementioned summons to the Subcommittee on Constitutional Accusations (SAC) due to alleged medical problems.
The also congresswoman from Cambio Democrático extended, through a third party, a letter in which she alleged problems with her health. According to her, she specified, for this reason the doctors gave her two days off.
“For reasons of force majeure, I am prevented from participating in said hearing due to the poor state of health that I have been presenting since very early. The same thing that has required my immediate medical attention due to an emergency”, read the head of the working group, Lady Camones, from the text sent by Chávez Chino.
During the hearing, prosecutor Marco Huamán also referred to Chávez’s participation along with other investigated parties.
“To fulfill the purpose of taking up arms, Betssy Chávez, Pedro Castillo, Roberto Sánchez and Willy Huerta, would have taken advantage of the circumstance that Castillo held the status of President of the Republic and, as such, is Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and the National Police,” he said.
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