Chavarry under fire

11 November 2018

In spite of unrelenting pressure from nearly all quarters, the controversial chief public prosecutor (Fiscal de la Nación), Gonazlo Chávarry, continues in post with the support of the Fujimoristas who want to prevent investigations against him in Congress going any further. In the past week, he attempted to clear his name in an interview with CNN, but did not emerge with much credit. The reporter asked why he had stated that “all lawyers in Peru were liars, and that being a liar was not enough to be disqualified” and whether he had in fact lied. Though he denied having lied, he did not emerge unscathed. 

Indeed, the Lawyers Association (Colegio de Abogados de Lim) have asked that he apologise publicly and is now reviewing whether he should lose his affiliation. The way he was appointed by the Consejo Nacional de la Magistratura (CNM) is considered irregular. As readers will remember, the method of his appointment came under scrutiny, and this has been questioned further with not only President Vizcarra but many members of Congress and even of the prosecution service, such as José Domingo Pérez, asking for his resignation. 

Chávarry has threatened to remove Pérez from the investigation of Keiko Fujimori and her entourage, and the general feeling in Peru is that he remain in post only because of the support he receives from Fuerza Popular and Apra members of Congress increasingly desperate at the judicial investigations against their leader which have landed Fujimori in jail. Alan Garcia will be the next to be questioned about the US$14 million dollars unaccounted for in the bribes that Odebrecht has stated it paid during his term as president.

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