(CNN Spanish) –– The president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, faces his sixth investigation in the year he has led the country. The National Prosecutor, Patricia Benavides, opened a preliminary investigation against the president, and the former Minister of Housing, Geiner Alvarado, for the alleged crime against public tranquility in the form of criminal organization. The Public Ministry reported in two brief tweets this Thursday that the decision is linked to works awarded in the provinces of Chota and Cajatambo.
CNN has contacted Castillo’s lawyer to obtain comment on this new investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office.
For his part, Alvarado defended himself this Wednesday on his Twitter account. “I categorically reject being part of a criminal organization and I ask the Public Ministry to clarify the case promptly, in order not to affect the dignity of people,” wrote the current Minister of Transport and Communications. Alvarado affirmed that his actions in the Housing portfolio and other positions that he had “have been aligned with the public objectives of the institution and have respected legal procedures and technical criteria.”
News in development…