They investigate alleged loss of images in the Government Palace of Peru
(CNN Spanish) — Congressman Héctor Ventura, head of the Audit Commission of the Peruvian Congress, summoned the head of the Military House of the Government Palace next week to answer for the alleged loss of security camera records “on the day that the Prosecutor’s Office and the Police came to arrest Yenifer Paredes”, sister-in-law of President Pedro Castillo. CNN is seeking a statement from the Government Palace.
According to a document signed by the person in charge of the Information Analysis Area of the Military House, addressed to the head of the Military House, which was disseminated by local media and social networks, “information from cameras of the Closed Circuit Television ( CCTV).”
The document details that the supposedly lost images would correspond to the three security cameras of the Government Palace: the images of the roof of the Palace corresponding to August 9, from 18:03 to 18:05; the images of one of the government house entrances also on August 9, from 9:22 p.m. to 9:27 a.m.; and those of August 13 from a camera in the Golden Room that did not report images and that was only restored at 1:19 in the morning of August 15.
The missing images correspond to the day in which the Special Team against Corruption of the Prosecutor’s Office entered the residence of the Government Palace to arrest Yenifer Paredes, whom Castillo presented as his daughter during the campaign. The authorities that came to arrest Paredes did so at 5:00 p.m. local time, but they did not enter her residence until just over an hour later, where they did not find her.
A source close to the special team of prosecutors and police officers told CNN that Paredes would have entered the Government Palace residence a day earlier and that at the time of the raid he had not left. CNN is seeking a reaction from the Government Palace to this information.
The Special Team against Corruption of Power requested access to the images from the security cameras of the Government Palace, but the request was dismissed by a judge.
On Wednesday night, the undersecretary general of the Government Palace, Beder Camacho, told the press that the images from the security cameras have not been lost and that it is a fault in the system. He also said that President Castillo has requested an expert opinion from the video surveillance system of the Government Palace.
Separately, the justice admitted for processing an appeal filed by President Castillo to invalidate the diligence of the prosecutors in the Government Palace and annul the resolution that authorized it, and in which the prosecutor Hans Aguirre and Colonel Harvey Colchado participated, in addition to a judge who authorized the procedure.
According to Castillo, they did not have the power to raid the presidential headquarters and that this could only have been requested by the Attorney General. Despite the fact that the justice system agreed to process this appeal, two sources close to the Special Team against Corruption of the Prosecutor’s Office told CNN that they consider that such an appeal has no legal basis.
The judge’s resolution that admits the president’s habeas corpus for processing provides for “collecting the necessary information and action in order to proceed to issue” a decision that corresponds to Castillo’s arguments, who “invokes that they would be under the violation of his right to the inviolability of domicile and the motivation of judicial resolutions”.
Yenifer Paredes, investigated by the Public Ministry for alleged acts of corruption linked to two public works in the Cajamarca region, turned herself in to the Prosecutor’s Office on August 10, one day after the authorities sought to arrest her following a resolution issued by the Superior Court National Justice. Paredes and her lawyer have denied the accusations of the Prosecutor’s Office. The president’s sister-in-law is preliminarily detained for 10 days.