Sister-in law of Peru President Pedro Castillo's has an arrest warrant
The Peruvian Public Prosecutor's Office ordered a police operation to raid the Government Palace in Lima.
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After four hours of searching the presidential palace, Peruvian authorities said they were unable to find Yenifer Paredes, sister-in-law of President Pedro Castillo, who is wanted by the justice system for alleged links with a network of corruption and money laundering.
This is an unprecedented and historical event in Peruvian politics, and the first time that the state police have entered the presidential palace to arrest a person.
The Public Prosecutor's Office ordered the preliminary detention of 10 for an investigation into accusations against Castillo of influence peddling to the detriment of the State.
In spite of the institutional pressure, Castillo issued a defiant message to the country.
"The implementation of a media plan aimed at taking power illegally and unconstitutionally continues," he said.
According to the president, the raid "coincides" with the opposition's onslaught against him:
"Today Government Palace and the presidential house have once again been violated with an illegal raid endorsed by a judge, coincidentally, when the request for my disqualification for five years is being requested in order to take away from the Peruvian people their legitimate government," he continued.