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Peru’s attorney general filed a constitutional complaint against President Pedro Castillo on Tuesday.

Castillo was already facing five criminal investigations for alleged corruption.

What do we know about the complaint?

“We have found very serious indications of a criminal organization that has taken root within the government,” Attorney General Patricia Benavides said.

The attorney general’s office said it suspected the president of being the head of a criminal organization that aimed to “capture, control and direct hiring processes at various levels of government to obtain illicit profits.”

The complaint includes two former ministers accused of corruption.

On Monday, Peruvian law enforcement raided the presidential palace in Lima after securing an arrest warrant for Castillo’s sister-in-law, Yenifer Paredes. Officers were unable to locate Paredes.

President and Prime Minister deny wrongdoing

Castillo denies any wrongdoing and has pledged to complete his term in 2026.

He called the constitutional complaint and investigations into him and his alleged allies a “coup”.

Prime Minister Anibal Torres said the constitutional complaint was itself unconstitutional, saying the Peruvian president could only be charged with treason or obstructing new elections.

He said Tuesday that the attorney general’s office had no “direct evidence” of wrongdoing by the president and that the complaint was based on the testimony of “third parties.”

Peru has had five presidents since 2016. One president was impeached and another resigned before a vote on impeachment. Castillo’s presidency has so far survived two impeachment bids.

sdi/dj (Reuters, EFE, AFP)

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