Transparency International and its chapter in Peru, Proética, welcome the decision by the National Judicial Council to suspend for six months Carlos Ramos Heredia, Attorney General of Peru, during an investigation for alleged irregularities in cases involving organised crime.
Despite serious allegations of corruption and four legal actions against him, Ramos Heredia had previously refused to leave his post. Transparency International’s chapter in Peru, Proética, said it would not be part of the High Level Anti-Corruption Commission unless Ramos Heredia stepped down.
Cecilia Blondet, Executive Director of Proética, said: "The Prosecutor’s Office is a fundamental part of the justice system and cannot be under the authority of a person being investigated for ties to organised crime. This is even more relevant when the office is in the process of investigating and punishing these cases of corruption.”
José Ugaz, Chair of Transparency International, said, "The worst is the damage done to the reputation of the Prosecutor’s Office. There is a national clamour for Ramos Heredia to step down at least for the duration of investigations.”
Ramos Heredia will be replaced by Pablo Sánchez Velarde.
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