Accusation against Public Prosecutor proceeds

19 November 2017

On 15 November, the representatives of the Fujimorista Fuerza Popular voted to constitutionally accuse Public Prosecutor Pablo Sanchez for what they consider are failures in the anti-corruption investigations. The party with the majority once again used their muscle to show that they can proceed with any measure they wish. All the other parties in the constitutional sub-committee accused them of attacking the legal structures of the country and imperiling the rule of law by not respecting the division of powers. The accusation will now continue the process at the permanent commission and if it passes there it will make its way to the plenary.

The Fujimoristas claim that they are accusing the Prosecutor for his failure to investigate the Peruvian enterprises linked to Odebrecht. The opposition, and the Prosecutor himself believe that the move is in retaliation for the advancing investigation against Joaquin Ramirez, who is directly liked to Keiko Fujimori as her financier and who stands accused of money laundering. Sanchez considers that the reopening of the investigation against Ramirez is the real reason he is being persecuted by the Fujimoristas as he has no possibility to influence the way the judicial processes against those who collaborated with Odebrecht as there is juridical autonomy.

Congressman Juan Sheput who leads the representatives of Peruanos Por el Kambio (PPK), the party of the government said there was no reason for the constitutional process to proceed, as there had been no constitutional infraction. Sheput said he was reminded of the way in which Fujimoristas acted in the 1990s when they blatantly attacked the constitutional order of their own making. 

Journalist Rosa María Palacios concurred and in her programme said that just as when the Fujimoristas had used force in the 1990s and had later had to face justice the same could happen today to those who were making spurious constitutional attacks for political reasons. She was referring not only to the accusation against the Public Prosecutor but also at the accusation that has been made against four of the Judges of the Constitutional Tribunal. Palacios reminded the viewers that this was exactly what the Fujimoristas had done in the 1990s and that the representatives to Congress who had voted for it had been punished by not being allowed political participation for 5 years for acting against the constitution.

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