Peru’s pres­i­dent fires jus­tice min­is­ter as new scan­dal spreads

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LIMA (Reuters) - Peru­vian Pres­i­dent Martin Viz­carra fired his jus­tice min­is­ter yes­ter­day af­ter lo­cal me­dia re­leased an au­dio of a se­cret­lyrecorded phone con­ver­sa­tion be­tween the min­is­ter and a judge un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for in­flu­ence ped­dling.

Viz­carra an­nounced his de­ci­sion to ask Jus­tice Min­is­ter Sal­vador Heresi to re­sign hours af­ter lo­cal TV sta­tion Panorama re­leased the au­dio of the con­ver­sa­tion, in which Heresi is heard ask­ing Judge Ce­sar Hi­nos­troza to ad­vise him on a leg­isla­tive pro­posal.

Hi­nos­troza has been at the cen­tre of a scan­dal that has rocked Peru’s jus­tice sys­tem since in­ves­tiga­tive news out­let IDL-Re­porteros started re­leas­ing se­cretly-recorded au­dios of phone con­ver­sa­tions in which Hi­nos­troza ap­pears to be ne­go­ti­at­ing favours.

Hi­nos­troza has de­nied wrong­do­ing. Heresi de­nied any wrong­do­ing in broad­cast in­ter­views yes­ter­day and said on Twit­ter that he would step down.

Peru’s Pres­i­dent Martin Viz­carra (left) and Jus­tice Min­is­ter Sal­vador Heresi at­tend a swear­ing-in cer­e­mony at the gov­ern­ment palace in Lima, Peru April 2, 2018.

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