Peruvian President Dina Boluarte has been summoned to testify about dozens of deaths in anti-government protests
Lemon – President of Peru dina boluarte The president’s lawyer said on Wednesday that he had been called by the prosecutor’s office to testify in an investigation into alleged crimes of genocide, qualified murder and grievous injuries during anti-government protests that have killed more than 60 people in three months.
Joseph Campos told local radio station RPP that Boluarte would testify before Attorney General Patricia Benavides on May 31. The President was summoned in January, February and March, but did not declare. He was not questioned in March after the attorney general’s office asked him to attend the proceedings.
The President has not spoken during the day. The Associated Press asked the president about the subpoena, without receiving a response at the time from prosecutors.
first minister Alberto Otarola In this investigation, he was questioned in January and February. According to the Ombudsman’s Office, 67 people have died and more than 1,300 have been injured in the protests. The dead are almost all civilians, most received projectiles from firearms and some were shot in the head.
Because of the rank of the investigators, the Attorney General is in charge of the investigation. Genocide is punishable by a minimum prison term of 20 years. The inquiry also includes former Prime Minister Pedro Angulo and other former officials.
Boluarte came to power on 7 December when his predecessor, the then President pedro castillo, tried to dissolve parliament and was dismissed. Castillo is detained for 18 months for the alleged crime of insurrection in a prison for presidents in Lima.
Since then, protests have erupted in rural areas of the southern Andes, demanding the resignation of Boluaarte and members of parliament. The demonstrations spread south until they reached Lima, but they subsided from mid-February.
However, the Congress has not yet decided to go ahead with the presidential and parliamentary elections. Boluaarte and four plans to reduce the term of legislators were put on hold for not reaching the necessary votes.
According to a recent May poll by the firm Ipsos Peru, 75% disapprove of Boluaarte and 16% support him.