• World - South America
  • Updated: August 29, 2022

Peruvian President’s Sister-In-law Sent To Jail Amid Corruption Charges

The sister-in-law of Peruvian President Pedro Castillo has been given 30 months of pre-trial detention on Sunday.

This becomes the most serious escalation so far of a host of criminal investigations that have targeted the leader’s inner circle.

Prosecutors allege she was part of a group that engaged in influence peddling to assign public contracts to allies of Castillo in their home region of Cajamarca in the Peruvian Andes.

Paredes has not been charged with a crime and she will spend time in jail as prosecutors continue their investigation.

Castillo has often referred to Yenifer Paredes, his sister-in-law, who he and his wife raised since she was little, as his “daughter”.

Castillo, who has been in office for 13 months, is besieged by scandals and has already survived two impeachment attempts.

He denies any wrongdoing and has accused prosecutors of being complicit in an attempt to remove him from power.

Prosecutors have opened six criminal investigations against him, including one for alleged obstruction of justice in the firing of a former interior minister.

The prosecutors have also asked that Castillo’s wife, Lilia Paredes, be banned from travelling abroad for the next three years.

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Quadri Adejumo
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Quadri Adejumo covers World Health, Climate & Humanitarian. He's on Twitter as quadri_flash. ...

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