May 15, 2021

Peruvian court orders preventive detention for former mayor of Lima

A Peruvian court on Thursday revoked the preventive detention for 24 months that served since last February 14, the former mayor of Lima Luis Castañeda Lossio and ordered that he go to house arrest, the judiciary said.

According to the information, published on Twitter, the measure was taken by the Anti-Corruption Criminal Chamber, which also confirmed the appearance with restrictions for the businessman and former congressman José Luna Gálvez and the former municipal official Giselle Zegarra.

Castañeda, Luna and Zegarra are investigated by the Prosecutor for alleged irregular contributions that the Brazilian company OAS gave to its 2014 election campaign.


The anticorruption court agreed to vary the legal status of the former mayor after his defense said his health deteriorated in recent weeks, after being admitted to the Miguel Castro Castro prison in Lima.

While the Prosecutor’s Office has not yet confirmed whether to appeal the judicial decision, lawyer Bryan Kabster assured Channel N of television that Castañeda’s health status is “delicate.”

“We took the news with the greatest joy in the world because it was what was sought. There was no need to put him in prison because of the state of health he has,” he added.


Castañeda is investigated for the alleged commission of the crimes of money laundering, collusion and illicit association to commit crimes and was sent to preventive detention by Judge María Álvarez Camacho, who found the danger of escape and the possibility of impeding the action of Justice.

The mayor of Lima in the periods 2003-2010 and 2015-2018, is investigated for allegedly receiving $ 480,000 from OAS for his 2014 election campaign, after which the construction company negotiated an addendum to the concession contract for a large road project for Instead, build an overpass in the center of the Peruvian capital.

The Prosecutor’s Office notes that Castañeda could be sentenced to a total of 35 years and 8 months in prison, since he would receive 12 years for collusion, 13 years and 4 months for money laundering, and 10 years with 4 months for illegal association.


In this process, it was also resolved that Luna and Zegarra continue the investigation with restricted appearance, since the employer faces a request for 13 years in jail and the former official for more than 24 years in prison.

Luna, who was secretary general of Solidaridad Nacional, the party founded by Castañeda, is investigated for alleged money laundering and illegal association, while Zegarra, former manager of Private Investment Promotion of the Municipality of Lima, for influence peddling, collusion aggravated and illegal association.

The Office of the Prosecutor notes that it has presented 107 elements of conviction about illicit association to commit crimes and that it has proven the existence of a scheme of illicit association with the placement of persons in important positions.

He considers that the relationship with OAS, the interest of this company in helping the former mayor and elements such as statements by former collaborators, bank checks, money transfers, the purchase of a vehicle and payments to Castañeda through a university founded by Luna have also been proven .


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