Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Prosecutor requests prison for Peru’s minister in corruption trial

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An anti-corruption prosecutor requested prison for Peruvian Production Minister Rocio Barrios, who is accused of embezzlement, it was reported on Monday, a day after it was learned that another minister is under investigation.

Prosecutor Edwin Manrique accused Minister Barrios of embezzlement and requested a nine-year and three-month prison sentence for her.

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Manrique accused the minister of misappropriating more than 53,600 dollars in 2014 through simulated contracts to maintain the automobiles of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.

Barrios was at the time the administrative director of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, under the government of President Ollanta Humala, and the accusation, which also involves five other former officials, was presented in January 31, but the media learned about it on Monday.

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The Production minister was virtually ratified on February 13, when President Martin Vizcarra replaced four ministers as a result of a crisis denied by the government.

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