The chief public prosecutor, Pedro Gonzalo Chávarry, has no intention of withdrawing from the post to which he was controversially elected last month, and says that the move by Congressman Juan Shaput (of the Peruanos por el Kambio grouping) to have him removed has no legal standing.

Shaput had argued in the Subcommittee for Constitutional Accusations that Chávarry should be removed from his post forthwith and barred from public office for ten years because of his involvement in the scandals surrounding corruption in the National Magistrates Council (CNM).

Chávarry has stated that there is no direct proof and that Shaput’s version of events involved “legal contradictions”.

Chávarry is widely seen as a key element in the attempts of various leading Fujimoristas – including Keiko Fujimori herself – to protect themselves from being indicted on corruption charges. Last week, he announced an initial criminal investigation into the supposed buying of votes to avoid former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s impeachment. Not only is Kuczynski targeted by the accusation but also the current vice-president Mercedes Aráoz.