Two other police officers were investigating deaths in Peru

Two other police officers were investigating deaths in Peru

Prosecutor Iván Soto, specializing in cases of human rights violations in the Apurímac region, decided to investigate the regional police chief, General Luis Flores, and the police chief of Andahuaylas and Chincheros, Colonel Alexis Luján.

Soto pointed to both as alleged direct perpetrators of the crime against life, body and health in the form of qualified murder.

The charges stem from six deaths registered on December 10 and 11 in the first wave of protests against President Dina Boluarte’s government, which resumed on January 4 and left a global tally of 50 deaths to date, 42 in clashes with the police and eight in accidents related to the demonstrations.

General Flores was a member of the Special Intelligence Group (GEIN), an elite investigative unit, and head of the Interior Ministry’s Intelligence Directorate (Digimin).

According to prosecutors, there are elements that suggest Flores and Luján were contributory contributors to the deaths of Cristian Rojas, Wilfredo Lizarme, Jhon Enciso, Beckham Quispe and minors DAQ and RMLL, who were between the ages of 16 and 19.

According to the research hypothesis, this responsibility lies in the fact that they ordered the suppression of the protests in the city of Andahuaylas.

According to the state ministry, she and her subordinates are also being investigated for alleged crimes against humanity in the form of genocide and human rights abuses, as well as for the torture of ten detainees.

For similar reasons, prosecutors previously launched a preliminary investigation into President Dina Boluarte and Prime Minister Alberto Otárola; defense chief Jorge Chávez and former interior minister Víctor Rojas.

The chiefs of the army and police in the southern Ayacucho region are also under investigation.

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