Before 2018 ended it was announced the dismissal of the prosecutor José Domingo Pérez, who was leading the most emblematic cases of corruption linked to the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.
“In a completely surprising way, but after several weeks of rumors, Peru’s attorney general, Pedro Chávarry, removed José Domingo Pérez and also the coordinator of the Lava Jato team, Rafael Vela”, La Tercera informed yesterday.
Pérez was in charge of 13 investigations, among which was the case against Keiko Fujimori for illegal contributions to her 2011 presidential campaign – for which she is serving a 36-month preventive prison sentence – and the investigations against former presidents Alan García and Alejandro Toledo, for alleged money laundering.
Párez said he was “outraged” by his dismissal. President Martín Vizcarra, who was in Brasilia at the moment, also rejected Pérez’s removal.
The attorney general justified his controversial measure by the fact that Pérez “proceeded to question my election, which was unanimously held by the Supreme Prosecutors” and that this attitude was “endorsed by the coordinator Vela Barba”, according to information from La Tercera.