Peru president ordered to current Rolex watches in graft scandal


President of Peru Dina Boluarte

President of Peru Dina Boluarte waves throughout the launch ceremony of the presidency of APEC PERU 2024 on the Authorities Palace in Lima, Peru, December 4, 2023. REUTERS/Sebastian Castaneda

Lima, Peru — Peru’s prosecutor’s workplace on Sunday ordered President Dina Boluarte to current any Rolex watches in her possession, after a raid on her residence and workplace as a part of a corruption probe.

Boluarte, 61, is being investigated for alleged unlawful enrichment and failing to declare a number of luxurious watches which she has been noticed sporting since coming to energy in 2022, following her predecessor’s arrest.

“The president of the republic has been formally summoned to exhibit the Rolex watches,” when she provides her sworn assertion on April 5, the prosecutor’s workplace stated.

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The assertion from the prosecutor’s workplace stated that officers had not discovered the luxurious watches throughout a daybreak raid on Saturday, by which brokers had been proven breaking down the door of Boluarte’s residence in dramatic tv footage.

Nonetheless, it stated “different parts of curiosity for the investigation had been obtained.” Native media indicated that paperwork had been discovered exhibiting when one of many watches was obtained.

Boluarte’s lawyer Mateo Castaneda informed journalists on Saturday that police had discovered some watches throughout their operation.

“They didn’t take them away. They had been famous and photographed. There have been round 10, and amongst them had been some good ones however I can not say in the event that they had been Rolex,” Castaneda informed radio station RPP.

In response to the summons, Boluarte on Sunday requested to have her “investigative assertion taken instantly, to be able to make clear the information below investigation as quickly as doable” and never on April 5 as deliberate.

Within the assertion launched by her lawyer, she stated the request was resulting from “the political turbulence that has been occurring.”

She didn’t verify whether or not she would adjust to the request to current the Rolex watches.

‘Arbitrary and abusive’ 

The raid got here after prosecutors refused Boluarte’s request for extra time to answer a subpoena demanding she furnish proof of buy for her watches.

Prosecutors additionally need to know if she has reported the Rolex watches on her earnings statements.

Boluarte got here to energy in December 2022 after then president Pedro Castillo tried to dissolve Congress and rule by decree, resulting in his arrest and violent protests demanding she step down, and that recent elections be held.

She can also be dealing with a constitutional criticism over a crackdown on these protests which led to the deaths of greater than 50 folks.

Boluarte, whose approval scores hover round 10 p.c, stated Saturday the raids had been “an assault on democracy and the state of presidency, producing political, social and financial instability.”

In an handle to the nation, she slammed the raids as “arbitrary, disproportionate and abusive.”

She has beforehand stated that the watches had been the product of working exhausting since she was 18 years outdated.

If she is indicted within the case, a trial couldn’t happen till after her time period ends in July 2026 or she is impeached, in accordance with the structure.

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Congress doubtlessly might search her dismissal on grounds of “ethical incapacity,” however that may require the unlikely cooperation of the right-leaning teams that management the parliament — and are Boluarte’s predominant assist — with their left-wing rivals.