Peru: police pop presidential palace in petro-corruption probe

On Feb. 14, special anti-corruption prosecutors backed up by National Police troops raided 15 properties around Peru's capital Lima—including the presidential palace. The raids came as part of Megaoperation Resplandor 2022, an investigation into alleged irregularities in tenders for the purchase of biodiesel between parastatal PetroPerú and the private firm Heaven Petroleum Operators. Also raided were the homes of PetroPerú director Hugo Ángel Cháves Arévalo, HPO manager Samir Abudayeh, and prominent entrepreneur Karelim López. (TeleSur, CNN, InfoBae, Biofuel Digest, El Linea) The administration of President Pedro Castillo, a populist political outsider who was elected last year, has been wracked by repeated crises and scandals since he took office in July.

Peru prosecutor opens probe into president

Peru's prosecutor general, the Fiscalía, announced May 29 it is including President Pedro Castillo in an investigation into possible crimes including influence peddling, collusion and "criminal organization" related to the awarding of public contracts. (Reuters, Jurist)