In a wave of growing discontent and suspicion, specialized criminal lawyers in Peru have called for the resignation of National Prosecutor, Patricia Benavides. The demand comes amid serious allegations against her trusted advisors, who are accused of exchanging favors with congressmen to hinder criminal investigations against them and secure votes for political gain.
Legal Experts Weigh In
Romy Chang, a distinguished lawyer with a doctorate in criminal and procedural law, believes Benavides stepping down would be the most judicious course of action. If Benavides has nothing to fear and wishes to uphold legality as per the Constitution, her resignation would demonstrate her commitment to justice, Chang suggests. She also voices concern about the potential negative impact on ongoing investigations at the National Prosecutor's Office, given Benavides' perceived lack of legitimacy.
Andy Carrión Zenteno, a doctorate holder in law from the University of Bonn, echoes Chang's sentiments. He argues that any actions undertaken by Benavides in her current role could be deemed obstructive, citing the removal of prosecutor Marita Barreto as a prime example. Carrión labels the recent constitutional accusations against President Dina Boluarte and Prime Minister Alberto Otárola as a desperate move, further advocating for Benavides' resignation.
Advisors Under Scrutiny
Carrión also shared his thoughts on advisor Jaime Villanueva, indicating that an advisor at his level cannot act independently. The implication being that any corruption or misconduct on Villanueva's part would likely have been sanctioned or at least known by higher authorities.
A Nation in Turmoil
The controversy surrounding Benavides comes amidst a backdrop of political unrest in Peru. The charges pressed against President Boluarte and Prime Minister Otárola, alleging their responsibility for anti-government protestor deaths, deepen a political crisis that began last year with the impeachment of former President Pedro Castillo. This turmoil underscores the high stakes and complex dynamics at play within Peru's political landscape, with implications far beyond the individuals involved.