Peruvian Justice orders 30 months of preventive detention against Pedro Castillo’s sister-in-law

Archive - The sister-in-law of Peru's president, Yenifer Paredes, in Congressional Oversight Commission, Lima.

Judge Johnny Gómez Balboa has ruled this Sunday preventive detention for 30 months for Yenifer Paredes, sister-in-law of the president of Peru, Pedro Castillo; and for the mayor of Anguía, José Medina.

“(The) court declares founded (the) request for preventive detention for 30 months for Yenifer Paredes and José Medina, investigated for the alleged crime of criminal organization and others,” announced Peru’s Public Prosecutor’s Office on its Twitter account.

The defendants will have to serve pre-trial detention until February 2025. The magistrate has considered 36 months to be unreasonable, so he has granted a term of 30 months, a measure that has provoked the appeal of the Prosecutor’s Office.

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The Public Prosecutor’s Office had pointed out in its prosecutorial thesis that Paredes would be the main “lobbyist” of a criminal organization that would be led by Pedro Castillo. In this scheme — a case known as ‘The cashier and the sister-in-law’ or ‘Anguía case’ — the first lady, Lilia Paredes, also participated as coordinator; the mayor José Medina as operator; and the businessmen Hugo Espino Lucana and Anggy Espino Lucana — brothers — as front men.

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