Fray Vásquez, the nephew of former president Pedro Castillo (2021-2022), has decided to cooperate and will testify this week about the ‘Shadow Cabinet’ case. This case involves an alleged corruption network dedicated to redirecting works, in which his uncle and former ministers Juan Silva (Transport) and Geiner Alvarado (Housing) are implicated.
Vásquez surrendered to the National Police (PNP) after almost two years of being a fugitive from justice. The surrender was coordinated since last November, but was delayed due to moves in the Public Ministry. During this time, the arrest of Jaime Villanueva, an advisor to the suspended prosecutor of the Nation, Patricia Benavides, occurred in an operation that exposed a network of influence peddling in the fiscal leadership.
Vásquez has started to provide information against businessman and effective collaborator Zamir Villaverde, who accused Castillo of allegedly receiving two million soles for a tender won by the company Heaven Petroleum, owned by businessman Samir Abudayeh, in the state oil company Petroperú to sell biodiesel.
Villaverde claimed that the money was given to former presidential secretary Bruno Pacheco so that he could give it to the former head of state. Vásquez has also spoken about legislator Américo Gonza (Perú Libre), accused of being one of the leaders of the criminal network that collected bribes for promotions in the National Police (PNP).
After surrendering, Vásquez was taken to an identity control hearing at one of the headquarters of the Judiciary in Lima. He is currently waiting for the National Penitentiary Institute (INPE) to decide which prison in the capital he will be transferred to, as he has a preventive detention order for 24 months. Vásquez is accused of the alleged commission of the crimes of criminal organization, aggravated collusion, use of false documents, false declaration in administrative procedure, and influence peddling.
The chief of staff of the PNP, Oscar Arriola, stated that Vásquez’s surrender occurred because “the levels of siege, precision, and coordination were already very advanced”, and that “the chapter is closing and we hope the result of what I can say from now on.”
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