New Fiscal de la Nación: will he maintain institutional autonomy?
10 June 2018
Pedro Cháverry Vallejos is to be the new chief public prosecutor, the Fiscal de la Nación. He will officially replace the current Fiscal, Pablo Sánchez on 21July.
The Fiscal de la Nacion plays a key role in deciding who will be brought before the courts. Despite political pressures, especially from Keiko Fujimori and her entourage in Fuerza Popular, Sánchez was able to navigate the choppy waters that have accompanied the Odebrecht scandals, refusing to be brow-beaten over launching investigations into alleged misdemeanours committed by Fujimori and FP.
The Public Ministry (Ministerio Público) which the Fiscal heads is an autonomous institution which does not play a part in the government as such. In statements made since his appointment last week, Cháverry has pledged to honour that autonomy and to push ahead with the strategies pursued by his predecessor. He was chosen by consensus by the Junta de Fiscales Supremos, the body responsible for such appointments.
The new Fiscal de la Nación denies allegations that he has an affiliation with the APRA party. His role as general secretary to Blanca Nélida Colán, the controversial Fiscal de la Nación during the Fujimori regime, is possibly a black mark on his CV. But he affirms that this will in no way compromise his independence.