Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra confirmed on Friday the arrest of former Supreme Court judge Cesar Hinostroza, who was captured in Spain. The Peruvian president said the information was given by Interpol in Madrid to the Interpol in Lima.
“With the arrest warrant yesterday we processed the red alert […] Today in the early hours of the morning he was captured, the details will be in the report, but it was between three and four in the morning. He’s in a police station,” President Vizcarra said.
Vizcarra added that the Peruvian government will carry out procedures to avoid the political asylum requested by Hinostroza to Spain. He is “asking for asylum, it does not correspond, there is no persecution, it is strictly a judicial issue, fighting corruption,” Vizcarra said.
Vizcarra added that he had talks with the president of Spain’s government Pedro Sanchez, “I asked him for support. He told me ‘let your people know that the government will do everything possible to return (Hinostroza) to Peru.'”
Cesar Hinostroza has been highly-implicated in a widespread corruption scandal that has infiltrated several branches and all levels of government. In Lima, thousands of people marched against corruption cases that have been happening in Peru.
Shouting “No To the Shielding! Out Chávarry! and Jail for Keiko(Fujimori) and (Alan) Garcia!” the people of Lima took to the streets on Thursday, protesting against the legal shielding in place to protect the Peruvian Congress.
The protesters repudiated the actions of the Fuerza Popular (Popular Force) party, of Fujimori, and the APRA of Alan Garcia. They also demanded the closing of Congress and the dismissal of the Interior Ministry for letting Cesar Hinostroza flee to Spain.