Lima

Peru Congress Fails to Elect Ombudsman. Again.

Peru Congress Fails to Elect Ombudsman. Again.

Congress on May 18 failed to elect an Ombudsman when neither of the two candidates were given the minimum requisite of 87 votes, or two-thirds of the Congress. For more than eight years, members of Congress in both the Garcia and Humala administrations have been unable to agree on who […]

Tunnels Link East Lima Traffic to Eight Districts

Tunnels Link East Lima Traffic to Eight Districts

Two tunnels opened for a trial run yesterday, connecting vehicle traffic between Lima’s most heavily populated district —San Juan de Lurigancho, pop. 1 million — and eight districts to the west. The twin Santa Rosa and San Martin tunnels, inaugurated by Mayor Luis Castañeda on Lima’s 481st anniversary, cut through […]

Former Justice Minister’s Appeal Granted in Influence Peddling Case

Former Justice Minister’s Appeal Granted in Influence Peddling Case

Aurelio Pastor, minister of Justice during the Garcia administration, was released Monday from the Piedras Gordas II prison in Ancon, in north Lima, after the Supreme Court accepted his appeal to annul his conviction of influence peddling. Pastor served six months of a four-year sentence. “They have been months of an […]

Prisoners Paid for Pardons, Witnesses Testify

Prisoners Paid for Pardons, Witnesses Testify

The first two witnesses at the so-called  ‘narco pardons’ trial this week have  stated that  the Pardons Commission set up during President Alan Garcia’s administration granted reduced sentences or full pardons only to convicts who paid for the  privilege. During the six-hour hearing held at the Piedras Gordas prison in […]