Peru President Pedro Castillo's sister-in-law gets 30 months in prison
In a hearing held on Sunday, Aug. 28, Judge Johnny Gomez issued the sentence.
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After being investigated for the alleged crimes of money laundering and criminal organization, Yenifer Paredes, the sister-in-law of Peruvian President Pedro Castillo, was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
Judge Johnny Gomez ruled the same for the mayor of the district of Anguía, José Nenil Medina, who was a collaborator in the awarding of infrastructure jobs in his town to a certain company, in exchange for money.
In addition, Gomez declared that Paredes was a flight risk due to her upbringing.
For his part, the judge cited the evidence presented by the Prosecutor's Office, among which is the delay in the Government Palace to allow the entry of the police and a prosecutor to raid the building in search of Paredes when a first preliminary arrest warrant was issued.
The fact that she has no job or fixed income, but has at least 90,000 soles ($23,300) in bank deposits is also suspicious.
Gómez mentioned the visits made by businessman Hugo Espino to the Government Palace to allegedly coordinate with Paredes and his sister, Lilia Paredes, Castillo's wife, the awarding of works to his company in the district of Anguía, located in the Cajamarca region.
According to EFE, the crimes attributed to both are punishable between eight and 20 years in prison. The Prosecutor's Office requested 23 years in prison for the president's sister-in-law.
On Sunday, Aug. 28, during a visit to the city of Tacna, in the south of the country, Castillo spoke on the situation: "More than a year and at this moment, they ask, pay and manufacture effective collaborators, and when they have them inside they threaten them," so that they say that "Pedro Castillo is corrupt."
"In the end, we will continue to submit to the country and, if you detect that we have stolen a penny, you have the prerogative to sanction me," he added.
The head of state is in the middle of a controversy after having asked for the sanctioning of the police officers who raided the Government Palace to capture Paredes.