The Peruvian prosecutor's office made the request this Friday 34 years in prison For former president Pedro Castillo, the then-president sought to dissolve parliament at the end of 2022 for crimes of “rebellion, abuse of power and serious disturbance of public peace”.
“The Public Ministry requests a 34-year prison sentence for the crimes of Pedro Castillo Terrones Sedition, abuse of power and serious disturbance of public peace“, the Ministry of Public Affairs posted on its Twitter account.
The request was made by the Second Intermediate Supreme Prosecutor's Office, which specializes in crimes committed by public officials.
“The former president was accused of carrying out a coup d'état on December 7, 2022,” the prosecutor's office pointed out on the social network.
The Public Ministry is seeking a 34-year prison sentence against Pedro Castillo Terrones for the crimes of rebellion, abuse of power and serious disturbance of public peace.
The former president has been accused of carrying out a coup d'état on December 7, 2022. pic.twitter.com/hX19oLktNQ
— Public Ministry (@FiscaliaPeru) January 12, 2024
On December 7, 2022, Castillo was impeached by Congress and arrested shortly after attempting to dissolve parliament, which was not supported by the military or police.
Castillo, a 54-year-old lefty, is changing Detention till December 2025 Barbadillo prison is known as the prison for former presidents because Alejandro Toledo was held there, and more recently Alberto Fujimori.
“For the crime of rebellion,” the prosecutor's office sought 25 years in prison against “former Prime Minister Betsy Chavez Chino, former ministers Roberto Sánchez Palomino, Willy Huerta Olivas, PNP officers Manuel Lozada Morales, Jesus Venero Mellato and Eder Infantas.”
In a message to the nation, he announced an emergency government without Congress. But he was immediately abandoned by the ministers and the armed forces. Parliament removed him from power and the police arrested him for unconstitutionality. He has been replaced by his partner Tina Polwarte.
In addition, he demanded a “15-year prison sentence for the crime of sedition” for former prime minister and former justice minister Anibal Torres.
The head of the teachers union was cornered by Parliament on December 7, 2022, when minutes before he was to make his presentation before the plenary in response to the allegations against him, he announced the closure of the legislature and formed an administration. In addition to restructuring the justice system, the emergency was to be managed by decree.
Castillo's failed self-conspiracy received no support from any sector, and minutes later, he was deposed by Parliament, arrested by his bodyguard, and imprisoned for sedition and conspiracy charges.
A change that became permanent
After the former president was ousted, the Congress replaced him with his then vice president, Tina Polwarte, who assumed power on 7 December.
His then-vice president took office as the new president, beginning a period of apparent transition, with citizens taking to the streets to demand progress in general elections, but that replacement was repeatedly rejected by Congress.
The claims led to massive protests, in which 49 people died in clashes with law enforcement and twenty others died in events related to the demonstrations.