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Peruvian court extends preventive detention of former president Pedro Castillo

The Peruvian Department of Justice said this Monday (10) that it extended for 14 months the preventive detention of former president Pedro Castillo, who is accused of rebellion, abuse of authority and disturbing the peace.

Castillo was removed from office and arrested after an attempt to dissolve Congress in late 2022, triggering months of deadly protests that have hit the mining sector in the copper-rich country.

Who is Pedro Castillo

Pedro Castillo Terrones was born in the Cajamarca region in 1969. He has a master’s degree in educational psychology and began teaching in the Chota province of Cajamarca in 1995.

Until 2017, he was part of the Peru Possível party, founded by former president Alejandro Toledo, who was arrested in the United States, after the Peruvian judiciary ordered, in 2017, preventive detention for alleged involvement in bribes with Odebrecht. The accusations were denied by Toledo.

Currently, Castillo was a member of Peru Livre and, as a union member, was one of the leaders in a teachers’ strike during the government of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

Source: CNN Brasil

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