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The ex-president of Peru Pedro Castillo, deposed and placed in pre-trial detention, has made an official request for asylum in Mexico, announced Thursday the Mexican Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard, whose country has started “consultations before the Peruvian authorities”. The former head of state is still in detention and is being prosecuted for “rebellion” and “conspiracy”.
Former Peruvian President Pedro Castillo, deposed and remanded in custody, has made an official request for asylum in Mexico, which is consulting the Peruvian government, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced on Thursday (December 8th).
Prosecuted for “rebellion” and “conspiracy”, Pedro Castillo transmitted his request to the Mexican embassy in Lima on the night of Wednesday to Thursday, said Marcelo Ebrard by reproducing on Twitter the letter from the lawyer of the former President.
Me Victor Perez affirms that the former president is the victim of “unfounded persecution by organs of justice which have taken on a political character”. Mexico then began “consultations with the Peruvian authorities”, according to Marcelo Ebrard.
Mexico’s ambassador to Lima, Pablo Monroy, was able to speak with Pedro Castillo from his place of detention at a police base in Lima, the minister added. “He found him fine physically and in the company of his lawyer.”
Seven days of pre-trial detention
Earlier in the morning, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Pedro Castillo had called him to seek asylum in Mexico. The Mexican president (nationalist left) believes that Pedro Castillo was a victim of the “economic and political elites” of Peru.
Mexico will wait “a few days” before recognizing the new president Dina Boluarte, invested Wednesday.
Peruvian justice ordered Thursday seven days of pretrial detention against Pedro Castillo. The latter was dismissed on Wednesday by a vote of Parliament, the dissolution of which he had just announced, a maneuver immediately qualified as attempted “coup d’etat” by many personalities.
The rebellion and conspiracy prosecutions are in addition to the six other investigations for corruption or influence peddling targeting Pedro Castillo, offenses of which members of his family and his political entourage are also accused.