Weekly Focus July 1-7 – Right Focus

Weekly Focus July 1-7 – Right Focus
Weekly Focus July 1-7 – Right Focus

By Right Focus

1. ATU extends authorization for minibuses and coasters in Lima and Callao until December 2024.

The Urban Transport Authority for Lima and Callao (ATU) has decided to extend the circulation authorization for combis and coasters in the capital and the first port until December 2024. The extension, which was formalized through Directorial Resolution No. D-000029-2024-ATU/DO, aims to guarantee the continuity and efficiency of the public transport service.

The extension affects approximately 22 thousand authorized units, of which 53% correspond to small vehicles such as minivans and coasters. In addition, it is noted that it will not apply to those authorizations whose completion was the result of sanctions, complementary or corrective measures, or that contravene the conditions of access and permanence in the system.

This measure has generated various criticisms, since the vehicles are not designed for public transport and could put the safety of passengers at risk. Franklin Barreto, former head of the Traffic Accident Investigation Division of the National Police, told El Comercio that, unlike buses, combis and coasters “They are not vehicles manufactured for use in urban public transport” and thousands of passengers in Lima are put at risk.





2. Oral trial against Keiko Fujimori for the “Cocktails Case” is declared open.

The news of the week has been the start of the oral trial against Keiko Fujimori, Mark Vito and 44 other people for the “Cocktails Case”, 10 years after the Prosecutor’s Office began the investigations. The prosecution’s thesis is that the financing events for Fuerza Popular’s ​​electoral campaigns in 2011 and 2016 were a façade to hide contributions from business groups, and that the people registered as contributors would not be such.

In the context of this trial, the Specialized Corporate Supraprovincial Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes of Corruption of Public Officials has requested prison sentences of 30 years and 10 months for Keiko Fujimori, Vicente Silva Checa, Pier Figari, Ana Herz, Jaime Yoshiyama, José Chlimper and Adriana Tarazona. In the case of the leader of Fuerza Popular, she is accused of allegedly leading a criminal organization and having committed the crimes of money laundering, false declaration in administrative proceedings, generic falsehood and obstruction of justice.

During the accreditation stage of the accused, it was revealed that Luis Brusi Barboza Davila, Juan Carlos Luna Frisancho, Ítalo Pachas Quiñones and Leidsa Keiko Sasaki did not attend the hearing and did not justify their absence properly. For this reason, the court declared them contumacious defendants and ordered their location and capture at national and international level.





3. Prosecutor’s Office reopens investigation into Martín Vizcarra for the “Rapid Tests” case.

The Attorney General’s Office has decided to reopen the investigation against Martín Vizcarra, former president of Peru, and three former ministers for alleged irregularities in the acquisition of rapid COVID-19 tests during his administration. The Attorney General’s Office has indicated that the new elements presented will be analyzed to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to justify the continuation of the investigations.

The statement issued by the Attorney General’s Office indicates that the reopening is due to the requests for reexamination of the proceedings presented by former Attorney General Katherine Ampuero, who originally filed the complaint, and current Attorney General María Caruajulca Quispe. Now, the Attorney General’s Office will have a period of 120 days to continue the investigation of the former president and his ministers, who allegedly committed the crimes of collusion and incompatible negotiation, to the detriment of the State.

In line with the investigation, the Interim Attorney General, Juan Carlos Villena, will request the Judiciary to authorize the lifting of the confidentiality of communications and banking secrecy of former President Martín Vizcarra, the former Minister of Economy and Finance, María Antonieta Alva Luperdi, and the former Ministers of Health, María Hinostroza Pereyra and Víctor Zamora Mesía. In addition, the prosecutor requests that those under investigation be scheduled to expand their statements and add new information to the investigation.





4. The Judiciary orders the reinstatement of Inés Tello and Aldo Vasquez in the National Justice Board.

A new chapter in the conflict between Congress and the National Justice Board. At the beginning of this week, the Judiciary declared the amparo suit founded and ordered the immediate reinstatement of Inés Tello and Aldo Vásquez in the National Justice Board. In this way, the removal made by the Congress of the Republic in a legally questionable process was revoked.

The First Constitutional Chamber of the Superior Court of Justice of Lima stated that Congressmen José Luna Gálvez and José Jerí Oré, as members of the Permanent Commission, could not participate in the vote of March 7, 2024, in which Tello and Vásquez were disqualified for 10 years, therefore due process was not followed, since Article 100 of the Constitution was violated. Thus, the Final Report of the Subcommittee on Constitutional Accusations approved by the Permanent Commission of Congress, regarding Constitutional Complaint No. 373-2023, was declared null and void.

However, this will not be the end of the conflict, as the President of the Congress of the Republic, Alejandro Soto, announced that they will immediately appeal the ruling of the Judiciary. The measure has been strongly criticized by various congressmen, such as Jorge Montoya, who declared:

“These judges must have been appointed by the JNJ and they owe their position to them or they are waiting to be ratified and that is why they act in this way. I believe that it is appropriate to sanction those judges who have acted in this way, independently of the measures that the Congressional attorney will take (…) . The Constitutional Court has already ruled that they cannot interfere in the affairs of Congress.”.





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