Three Police Generals, others arrested in Peru over alleged graft plot
Three police generals and three other people have been arrested in Peru over their alleged involvement in the corruption case against ousted president Pedro Castillo.
The interior ministry in a statement on Monday, said that a “mega-operation” netted the six who are suspected of involvement of “irregular promotions” in the police force.
According to the statement, “Three of the six are active police generals suspected of having approved promotions, with Castillo’s alleged blessing, in exchange for money.”
The ministry added that “The operation involved searches in several cities, including two homes in Lima of former defense minister Walter Ayala, also under investigation”.
Both Ayala and Castillo have, however, denied the charges.
A former commander of the army, General Jose Vizcarra, and of the air force, Jorge Chaparro, had alleged in November that Castillo’s government had put pressure on them to promote officers who did not qualify.
Castillo was removed from office and arrested on December 7 after trying to dissolve parliament to rule by decree in a failed attempt at a so-called self-coup.
Castillo, who was president for less than a year-and-a-half, now stands accused of rebellion and conspiracy and has been ordered held in pre-trial detention for 18 months.
The removal of the former rural schoolteacher and union leader sparked protests countrywide, with Peru’s rights ombudsman reporting 22 people killed in clashes and over 600 injured.