Peru’s former President, Pedro Castillo, expressed his gratitude to Colombian President Gustavo Petro for his support and solidarity while in jail, awaiting trial for allegations of permanent moral incapacity and leading a criminal organization.
The charges stem from his decision to dissolve Congress on December 7, 2022, without the necessary approval of lawmakers. Castillo’s letter also announced that Argentine lawyer Guido Leonardo Croxatto would lead his international defense strategy, coordinating with teams and supporters from other countries.
In response, President Petro held a meeting with Croxatto and reiterated his recognition of Castillo as Peru’s rightful president. Peru’s constitution permits a president to shut down Congress, but only if lawmakers have twice voted no confidence in the president’s Cabinet.
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