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President of Peru to testify before prosecutors in “Rolex case”

Lima, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) President of Peru Dina Boluarte will appear at the Public Ministry to testify in the context of an investigation into the alleged crime of enrichment due to her unexplained possession of Rolex brand luxury watches.

The president will appear before prosecutors after failing to do so despite repeated attempts, after which Boluarte’s house and presidential office were raided in search of the watches and other evidence.

Due to Boluarte’s resistance, the National Prosecutor’s Office announced the expansion of the investigations into issues such as the expensive jewelry also worn by the head of state in public events and her reluctance to collaborate with justice.

According to Prime Minister Gustavo Adrianzén, the problem with the watches will be resolved after the president’s statements and once it becomes known “absolutely what happened.” “I believe that this issue should conclude immediately afterwards to everyone’s satisfaction,” he added.

The prime minister assured that after the president’s statements, the coincidence that the governor of the Ayacucho region, Wilfredo Oscorima, bought on May 31st, 2023, on Boluarte’s birthday, a gold and diamond Rolex that she wore in public a few days later.

Criminal lawyer Andy Carrión considered it possible for Boluarte to declare that Oscorima lent her the watch, and noted that her lawyer attended the governor’s presentation before the Prosecutor’s Office when he refused to answer questionings. He added that an alibi like the one mentioned requires that the testimonies of those allegedly involved coincide.

Carrión also warned that the problem facing the credibility of the possible alibi clashes with the procedural behavior of the president, who made the false statement that the watch she was wearing at a public event was purchased with the fruit of her work and that it was old, which is also not true, and the fact that she refused to testify until last Sunday.

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