Custody for ex-Peru Castillo extended to 36 months
Peru’s former President Pedro Castillo
Peru’s former head of state Pedro Castillo is suspected of being “the leader of a criminal organization”. After his dismissal, the judiciary had imposed pre-trial detention, which has now been extended.
Iin the midst of the political crisis Peru Ex-President Pedro Castillo’s detention extended to 36 months The country’s Supreme Court announced the decision on Twitter on Thursday. The former head of state is suspected of being “the leader of a criminal organization”.
After Castillo’s disempowerment and arrest at the end of last year, the judiciary initially imposed 18 months in custody. After the decision to extend the contract to 36 months, the 53-year-old announced that he would appeal. He was connected to the trial from prison. Castillo was impeached and arrested on December 7th. He had previously attempted to dissolve Congress and rule by decree.
Demonstrators are calling for new elections
Since Castillo was ousted and arrested, Peru has been shaken by serious unrest. During the nationwide protests, the demonstrators are demanding the resignation of his successor Dina Boluarte and the dissolution of parliament new elections to hold
The protests, in which at least 48 people have died so far, are largely supported by poor, indigenous Peruvians from the south. They see Castillo – who also hails from humble backgrounds and has indigenous roots – as an ally in their fight against poverty, racism and inequality.