The public prosecutor excludes coordination with the government against activists in Peru

The public prosecutor excludes coordination with the government against activists in Peru

Without mentioning what President Dina Boluarte said in a televised message last night about the opening of tax files (investigations) for these activists in coordination with the public prosecutor’s office, a statement by this body recalled their autonomy

“The powers of the State, constitutional bodies and public and private institutions are reminded that the Public Ministry is an autonomous constitutional body,” the statement said.

He adds that investigating crimes is the responsibility of the public prosecutor’s office, which he assures acts “with autonomy, independence and without any kind of political, economic or media interference”.

The president’s reference to coordinated action with the ministry to investigate and punish those the government deems violent drew criticism from progressive MPs Flavio Cruz and Ruth Luque.

Both addressed the issue before a mission of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, which is visiting Peru to monitor the situation in the country.

Luque also commented that Boluarte’s announcement to open tax files in coordination with the prosecutor’s office is very serious and shows that “there is no guarantee of an autonomous investigation”.

“Is the public prosecutor’s office dependent on political power?” asked the parliamentarian.

The prosecutor has been described by her critics as being related to conservative political forces currently defending the Boluarte government, whose resignation is being called for by social protests.

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