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Patricia Benavides announces drastic measures for prosecutors who do not fulfill their responsibilities


The Congressional Oversight Commission will form a working group to investigate the academic degrees of Patricia Benavides - Andina credit
The Congressional Oversight Commission will form a working group to investigate the academic degrees of Patricia Benavides – Andina credit

The head of the Public Ministry, Patricia Benavides, assured that he will remove prosecutors from their positions who do not follow the guidelines of the institution. “People who are not meeting the objective that has been set since the National Prosecutor’s Office(they will be) changed,” he said.

These statements were given to RPP during a mega operation in San Martin de Porres to combat crime, within the framework of the state of emergency imposed by the Government to this district, along with San Juan de Lurigancho and the province of Sullana, in Piura.

Benavides has been criticized by recent changes that have been made to the Special Team of the case “The White Collars of the Port.” On Friday, September 29, the participation of anti-corruption prosecutor Magaly Elizabeth Quiroz Caballero in this working group was terminated, despite the fact that she had been following the case for more than two years, since March 2021.

Resolution 2464-2023-MP-FN, published in the official gazette A Peruvian man, explains that this decision was made with the objective of “optimizing the best management in the resolution of cases of tax folders in charge of the office.” In this document, the departure of prosecutors Julio César Taboada Ramón and Yenny Huacchilo Núñez was also ordered.

Patricia Benavides was investigated by the National Board of Justice for the changes in the Los Cuellos Blancos del Puerto Special Team - credit file Infobae Perú
Patricia Benavides was investigated by the National Board of Justice for the changes in the Los Cuellos Blancos del Puerto Special Team – credit file Infobae Perú

“Having a high workload due to the specialty of the case, there is a special need to have a good work environment, which must be endowed with pleasant and proactive treatment among all members of the tax office, since this will have a positive impact on the work of the members of the office”, is also set out in the file on the reasons for the removal.

The National Board of Justice (JNJ) is investigating whether this and other modifications that the Attorney General has made since she took office have weakened the work of her institution.

“It is not true that it is being dismantled, the special team has not been dismantled, the decisions about the changes have been technical issues (…) What we have done is put order in the special team White Collars. The current senior coordinating prosecutor made an evaluation and requested the changes,” Benavides had told RPP in 2022.

Five years after the Cuellos Blancos case, the accused still do not have an accusation - credit file Infobae Perú
Five years after the Cuellos Blancos case, the accused still do not have an accusation – credit file Infobae Perú

The National Control Authority of Public ministry started a disciplinary process against prosecutors Rafael Vela and José Domingo Pérez, members of the Lava Jato Special Team, for comments they would have made about Patricia Benavides.

According to a document accessed Infobae PeruVela is accused of having “disrespected” the head of the Public ministry, during an interview with Successful.

In this conversation, Rafael Vela answered a question about Benavides’ role in the case. Ecotevato which the member of the Special team responded: “None, from a procedural point of view, because the case is in charge of Jose Domingo Perez as prosecutor and judge Richard Concepción Carhuancho who is the preparatory investigation judge who is controlling the content of the accusation.”

José Domingo Pérez and Rafael Vela are in a disciplinary process for allegedly making comments towards the Attorney General, Patricia Benavides - credit EFE
José Domingo Pérez and Rafael Vela are in a disciplinary process for allegedly making comments towards the Attorney General, Patricia Benavides – credit EFE

On the other hand, according to the National Control Authority, Jose Domingo Perez would have tried to influence the Attorney of the Nation when commenting in national media that he sent him a request for Candle is a member of the delegation that verifies the extradition of former president Alejandro Toledo, when he was still in USAfugitive from justice.

Finally, the entity affirms that both prosecutors commented on reserved issues of the case Ecoteva. However, this information has already been presented in the media. It is also mentioned that they would have announced that they would reject a request for house arrest to Alejandro Toledo.



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