Lima (BLAZETRENDS).- The president of Peru, Dina Boluarte, assured this Friday that she will go to the headquarters of the Public Ministry on June 6 to answer “each of the questions of the prosecutor” who has summoned her in the preliminary investigation open due to the dozens of deaths that occurred during the anti-government protests between last December and March.
“I am going to go to the Public Ministry, I am going to answer each of the questions that the prosecutor asked me, I am not going to accept the right to remain silent, because the first person who wants to know what happened to the deceased (…) is Dina Boluarte”, said the president to the press after a government act.
Investigation in the upper echelons of power
The National Prosecutor’s Office (general) announced the start of preliminary investigations on January 10 for the alleged commission of the crimes of genocide, qualified homicide and serious injuries.
The ruler already went to the headquarters of the Public Ministry on March 7, but did not testify because a resolution of a protection of rights presented by the Attorney General’s Office was pending, which requested that she be included in the investigation into the president’s statement of the Prime Minister, Alberto Otárola.
The investigations have also included former Prime Minister Pedro Angulo, former Interior Ministers Víctor Rojas and César Cervantes, and the current Defense Minister, Jorge Chávez.
Initially, Boluarte was summoned to come to testify on May 31, but a large multi-hazard national drill is scheduled for that day, so the appointment has been postponed to June 6.
“I am going to go and answer each of the questions,” stressed the head of state about the summons.
Deaths in the protests and scrutiny of international organizations
The ruler also asked that the public allow the Prosecutor’s Office “to do its investigative work.”
“We as Executive will give them all the facilities and we have already transferred an increase in the budget so that they can expedite and be able to work on the investigations in that term. We respectfully with the relatives and all of Peru want to know the truth, ”he concluded.
The protests broke out in Peru after the failed coup d’état by former President Pedro Castillo on December 7, and continued since January with mobilizations and confrontations with the forces of order demanding the resignation of Boluarte, the closure of Congress, the advancement of the general elections and the convocation of a constituent assembly.
According to various sources, at least 49 civilians died during these clashes, while the protests left a total of 77 dead, since other people, including several Haitians, also died due to actions such as road blockades.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemned in its latest report the violence used by the security forces during the demonstrations and assured that it has found cases of “extrajudicial executions” in Peru.