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Peru’s ousted president faces 20-year sentence

 

Bloomberg

Pedro Castillo, the Peruvian leader ousted for trying to dissolve congress, faces as many as 20 years in prison if found guilty of the crime of rebellion, at a time when Mexico is offering him political asylum.
Judge Juan Carlos Checkley ordered Castillo held through December 13 for additional investigations, considering him a flight risk. The seriousness of the alleged crimes of rebellion and conspiracy “augur a grave sanction,” Checkley said.
Castillo’s decision to suspend the congress, rewrite the constitution, order a curfew and reorganise the courts “typifies the crime of rebellion,” prosecutor Marco Huaman said during the ousted president’s presentation before the judge. A suspect found guilty of such crime “shall be punished with a prison sentence of not less than 10 years and not more than 20 years,” Huaman said.
Castillo faced possible removal from office through an impeachment vote when he tried to dissolve congress. But his announcement triggered a backlash, with ministers resigning en masse and the military speaking out against the plans.”

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