Chavarry digs in
09 September 2018
Voices calling for the resignation of the Fiscal de la Nación, Pedro Gonzalo Chávarry, continue, but fall on deaf ears. This past week Congress has asked the Fujimorista majority to ensure the constitutional accusation against him proceeds; the evidence that he was part of the judicial corruption ring in Callao is powerful.
But this remains a highly unlikely outcome; Chávarry is working to ensure that Fujimoristas in Congress avoid standing trial for the obstruction of the investigation into campaign funding. Eleven members of Congress were supposed to make declarations to the Fiscalía on 10 September, but Chávarry suspended the session.
Prosecutors from all over the country, 27 in all, have written to Chávarry asking for his resignation, but he has issued a stark rebuttal saying he will not leave his post and that he has the right to retain it as the procedure by which he was selected was legitimate.
Chávarry has now made significant changes in the public prosecution service, moving at least 43 prosecutors from their positions. He has also opened an investigation into the process of building an airport in Chinchero, Cuzco, a case in which President Martín Vizcarra could be implicated.
This is widely viewed being as a thinly disguised threat; the gloves, it would seem, are coming off.