Peru’s Supreme Court of Investigation has issued a three-year pre-trial detention order against former President Pedro Castillo in an organized crime case following a request from the prosecutor’s office.
According to the court decision, Castillo was sentenced to 36 months in prison for organizing a criminal group that committed crimes in the Petroperu oil company, as well as in the ministries of transport, housing, construction and health.
Last December, Castillo had already been placed in pre-trial detention for 18 months in connection with the rebellion. However, on new charges of organized crime and influence peddling, his detention has been extended and he could face up to 32 years in prison.
Castillo was president of Peru before dissolving parliament last December. Parliament was supposed to consider Castillo’s impeachment for the third time, but he was removed from office after parliamentarians nevertheless gathered for a meeting and voted for his resignation. However, the armed forces and the police opposed this decision and arrested Castillo for rebellion and abuse of power. After that, Dina Boluarte, who previously served as Vice President, was sworn in as President of Peru and became the first woman to hold this position.
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