© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Peru’s President Pedro Castillo addresses the viewers in the course of the opening of the VII Ministerial Summit on Authorities and Digital Transformation of the Americas, in Lima, Peru November 10, 2022. REUTERS/Sebastian Castaneda/File Photograph
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico has began consultations with Peruvian authorities concerning former President Pedro Castillo’s request to hunt asylum within the nation, Mexico’s overseas minister stated on Twitter on Thursday.
Mexico’s ambassador to Peru met with Castillo the place he’s being detained, Overseas Minister Marcelo Ebrard stated. Castillo was arrested after making an attempt to dissolve Congress on Wednesday in a last-ditch failed bid to keep away from an impeachment vote.
Ebrard shared a duplicate of Castillo’s asylum request written by his lawyer, by which the lawyer alleged Castillo was “at grave danger” in Peru and that he had suffered “unfounded persecution.”
The lawyer additionally wrote that he had been unable to see Castillo within the letter, which Ebrard stated was acquired by the Mexican embassy at 2 a.m. native time.
Peruvian authorities “have acted with political motivation in respect to (Castillo),” lawyer Victor Gilbert Perez wrote, “to such an extent that they intend to prosecute him for mere bulletins of will or intention that don’t represent any felony offense.”
Castillo, a former trainer and union activist, was arrested Wednesday on felony costs of “riot and conspiracy,” based on prosecutors. He concurrently faces separate corruption allegations, which he denies.
A preliminary listening to on Thursday sought to guage the legality of Castillo’s arrest, in addition to contact on an inquiry by the Lawyer Normal’s Workplace into costs he orchestrated a riot.
Earlier Thursday, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stated Castillo had referred to as him Wednesday to say he was en path to the Mexican embassy in Peru to request asylum.
Castillo was arrested and by no means arrived on the embassy, nonetheless, Lopez Obrador stated.
On Wednesday, Ebrard stated Mexico had a historical past of granting asylum to these going through political persecution.
In 2019, Mexico briefly housed former Bolivian President Evo Morales who fled the nation amid unrest following a disputed election. Lopez Obrador has additionally provided asylum to Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange.