Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori Described as “Absurd“Anti-corruption prosecutor’s request to be remanded in custody against him for allegedly violating judicial controls of the investigation being pursued for money laundering.
“The most absurd of all is the reason you demand this change”, The origin of the efficient prison, Fujimori said at a press conference this Thursday Miguel Torres Placeholder Image, Who will be a witness in the case, admitted that he was close to Fujimori’s election campaign.
Precisely, the lawyer Jose Domingo Perez, Member of the Lava Jato Trial Committee in Peru He asked that Fujimori’s appearance be canceled for meeting Torres He has been barred from interacting with witnesses and those involved in the ensuing investigation.
The candidate faces a lawyer’s request to serve more than 30 years in prison An attempt to avoid being elected, for being accused of money laundering in funding his previous election campaigns.
Torres is a witness
Although Torres had previously told local media that he was not a witness to the trial against Fujimori, Keiko’s lawyer, Giuliana Loza, admitted at a news conference this Thursday.A witness to this case”.
However, the attorney considered the attorney’s request “There is no legal and factual basis“He also believes that the judge in charge of this case is Vector Zika.”Notice that this petition cannot be allowed”.
“Once this request is announced and we are summoned, the criminal judge will declare that it cannot be allowed, not only because it is unnecessary, but because there is no logic in it,” he said.
In a document sent to Judge Zika, Attorney Perez said Fujimori violated the rules of justice imposed during the trial for money laundering.Such as contacting prosecution witnesses who allegedly made illegal contributions to their campaigns in 2011 and 2016.
“Defendant Fujimori Higuchi was again found to have violated the ban on contacting witnesses; It is a well – known fact that he is in contact with witness Miguel Torres Morales. “
In particular, Perez was quoted at this Wednesday’s conference, in which lawyer Torres Fuerza was presented as the political spokesman for the Popular Legal Organization.
Fujimori and Torres were at the same table when the candidate asked party election officials to cancel 802 ballots, representing 200,000 votes, on allegations of irregularities and “table fraud” in last Sunday’s presidential election.
Relation to elections
Fujimori responded by assuring that attorney Perez was trying.Continue to be the hero of this election campaign”, In which he is waiting for the results of the second presidential round, in which he competes with the leading left-wing Point Castillo.
Precisely, Perez said he made the request after he put forward Torres as one of those responsible for the request to cancel the approximately 200,000 votes considered in favor of Castillo.
However, his party, the Popular Force, said:Respect the will of the people“And his approval”Complete respect for electoral systems”.
“There is a clear intention here to separate us from Mickey (Miguel Torres), to distract us, to disrupt this process of the most important final number of elections … this demand is not going to divert our attention,” he noted.
The candidate finally said he “trusts” the judiciary and has no fear that the request to return to prison will be fulfilled.
For his part, Torres confirmed that he would share.Anger“Before and after this request”It is not a happy situation to think that you will lose your freedom again because you, a friend and the person you support”.
“It’s clear that what he’s trying to do is intimidating, but he’s wrong if he thinks he’s going to achieve it,” he said before confirming he was in Fujimori’s presidential campaign. “Not since yesterday, it came months ago.”
Torres added that since last June, a virtual classroom called the “Orange School” has been providing courses for young fighters of the Popular Force Party.
(With information from EFE)