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Detained Peruvian President Pedro Castillo, who was expelled by Congress on Wednesday, has formally requested political asylum, the Mexican government said.
Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard pointed out that his country Security request received Early this Thursday, it was approved by Castillo’s lawyer, Victor Perez Liendo.
“We have started consultations with the Peruvian authorities”Ephrat said on Twitter, where he shared an asylum claim letter in support of Castillo.
Mexico’s ambassador to Peru, Pablo Monroi, visited Castillo this Thursday afternoon and met with the former president. “He found him good physically and in the company of his lawyer”Ebrard said.
In the morning, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said. His government is ready to grant asylum to the former president.
Castillo was impeached by Congress, and while still president, he declared that he would dissolve the legislature and establish an emergency government.
Congress members then approved the resolution for the vacancy The President’s “Moral Impairment” That removed him from office. Hours later, he was arrested and brought before authorities to face charges of “sedition”.
What does an asylum application mean?
A document released by Ebrard, dated Dec. 7, raises Castillo’s asylum claim. “Protection of his life and integrity”.
“It faces baseless harassment by judicial bodies that have politicized their actions,” says lawyer Perez Liento.
“They intend to prosecute him for a mere wish or intention without any criminal offense (mostly preparatory acts). Prevails in all institutions of the country.”
The lawyer assured that until then they had not allowed him access to his client, for which he considered him to be in “serious danger”. But according to Ebrard, Ambassador Monroy found him with him in the afternoon.
In a press conference, the President of Mexico said this Got a call from Castillo on Wednesday In it, he said he was going to the Mexican Embassy in Lima to seek asylum.
“I looked for Marcelo Ebrard, I informed him, and I asked him to speak to the ambassador, to open the door of the embassy according to our asylum tradition. But after a while they took over the embassy with police and citizens. They surrounded the embassy,” said López Obrador.
“He didn’t even think he could leave [hacia la embajada]They already arrested him immediately.
The Peruvian government did not immediately rule on the former president’s asylum claim.
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