The Judiciary issued this Tuesday, in the first instance, four years in effective prison against Vladimir Cerrón, leader of Peru Libre, after finding him responsible for collusion and other crimes against the State for the “Wanka Aerodrome” case, which was planned to be built in Orcotuna (Junín), despite the fact that the Executive rejected it on up to two occasions.
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The sentence was issued by Judge Guido Arroyo, of the Sixth Supraprovincial Unipersonal Criminal Court Specialized in Corruption, who specified that the sentence must be ratified in a higher court.
The ex-regional governor must also pay a solidarity civil reparation of S/. 2 million 18 thousand.
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According to the tax thesis, Cerrón and Luis García Morón, legal representative of the Wanka Grand Aerodrome consortium, signed a contract for the construction of the project in June 2014, without considering a favorable opinion from the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF).
In January 2022, Deputy Provincial Prosecutor Miguel Canchanya Ríos, from the Fourth Office Specialized in Corruption Crimes of Junín Officials, presented his allegations about this case, one of the most notorious in the central region.
“Before the contract was signed, the General Directorate of Public Investment of the MEF indicated that the final design of the Public Private Association (PPP) contracts must have a favorable opinion [de la cartera] under penalty of nullity prior to its subscription. In other words, Vladimir Cerrón was already aware of this before the contract was signed,” said Canchanya.
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However, the legal defense then responded that there was no “proof of an act of concertation, that the act of collusion does not exist” and that “it was part of his performance as governor.”
“Sentenced for trying to build an airport for Huancayo. I will appeal,” Cerrón tweeted.
Cerrón, founder of the political organization that led Pedro Castillo to the presidency, was governor of Junín from 2011 to 2014. In 2019 he would return to office, but seven months later he was suspended to serve a court sentence for corruption.
In 2015, former congressman Jesús Hurtado Zamudio (Popular Force), member of the Transportation Commission, warned that the ‘Wanka Aerodrome’ contract infringed Peru’s Civil Aeronautics Law (No. 27261) and two others.
The sentence was issued by Judge Guido Arroyo, of the Sixth Supraprovincial Unipersonal Criminal Court Specialized in Corruption. Photo: Andean
“The management [de Cerrón] intended to deceive the region by granting all the budgetary responsibility of its aerodrome to a private party, ignoring that, according to Supreme Decree No. 050-2001, all aerodromes are public even if they are state, regional, municipal or private property. With this we conclude that there would be responsibilities to assume, including economic ones”, Zamudio mentioned that year.
He described that the politician had “a clearly re-election desire”, since “he promised that the project would go through three stages (aerodrome – national airport – international airport), although “it was not even managed for the first stage.”
Sentenced for trying to build an airport for Huancayo. PPP contract declared NULL, the GRJ did not invest a single cent. It is postulated that we would have put the GRJ at risk, reparation of 2 million, disqualification from employment, electoral and exit impediment is imposed. I will appeal.
— Vladimir Cerrón 🇵🇪 (@VLADIMIR_CERRON) February 7, 2023
“It should be noted that the last two would have been the exclusive responsibility of the MTC, according to Law No. 27261,” the former parliamentarian added. The existence of evidence that led to the recent sentence against Cerrón is also expressed in report No. 130-2015-CG of the Comptroller General of the Republic.
For now, the leader of Peru Libre indicated that he will make an appeal. “Sentenced for trying to build an airport for Huancayo. PPP contract (Public-Private Associations) declared void, the Regional Government of Junín (GRJ) did not invest a single penny. It is postulated that we would have put the GRJ at risk, reparation of 2 million, disqualification from employment, electoral and exit impediment is imposed. I will appeal,” he tweeted.
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