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Peru’s prosecutor’s office opens investigation against interior minister for university operation

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The investigation file is “as the alleged perpetrator of the offense of omission of functional acts, to the detriment of the State, due to the events that occurred in the premises of the UNMSM on January 21”.

The The Peruvian public prosecutor’s office on Tuesday opened an investigation against the Minister of the Interior, Vicente Romero, for the alleged commission of a crime of functional acts by the police operation organized on the campus of the University of San Marcos (UNMSM), in Lima, last Saturday.

“The national prosecutor opensPreliminary investigation against Vicente Romero, Minister of the Interior, as the alleged perpetrator of the crime of omission of functional acts, to the detriment of the State due to the events that occurred at the UNMSM facilities on January 21,” reads a statement released by the Public Ministry on the social network Twitter.

The Peruvian government ordered a police operation at the educational center to evict protesters who had locked themselves in their facilities in an action that resulted in at least 205 detainees and criticism from international organizations.

Around 400 police with tanks and the support of special forces broke into the university located in the capital of the country, without following legal arrest procedures.

Peruvian Interior Minister Vicente Romero previously explained that the operation took place under the state of emergency.this is why the presence of prosecutors was not necessary for the intervention, as denounced by human rights organisations.

Organizations such as Amnesty International have condemned “disproportionate use of force” and respect for human rights. “The state of emergency does not suspend due process. Detainees must have access to their defense at all times and have interpreters if necessary. The ban on solitary confinement and cruel and inhuman treatment is maintained,” the international organization recalled.

Source: Latercera

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