Mexico announces isolated Peruvian president Castillo has sought asylum

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Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Thursday that his country had received an official request for asylum in its territory presented by former Peruvian president Pedro Castillo, who has been isolated and placed in pre-trial detention. And Iberdar announced that Mexico City has begun contacting the government in Lima about it.

Former Peruvian president Peter Castillo Who has been isolated and placed in custody with an official request for asylum in Mexico, which has started consultations with the Peruvian government on the matter, as announced Thursday by Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.

Castillo, wanted for “rebellion” and “conspiracy,” sent his request to the Mexican embassy in Lima Wednesday evening through Thursday, Ebrard said. Castillo’s lawyer, Victor Perez, said the former president had been the victim of “unfounded persecution by justice bodies”.

Mexico has begun “consultations with Peruvian authorities,” Ebrard said.

The minister added that Mexico’s ambassador in Lima, Pablo Monroy, was able to speak with Castillo from where he was being held at a police base in Lima. “He was found in good physical condition and accompanied by his lawyer,” he explained.

Earlier the same day, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Castillo had contacted him to seek asylum in Mexico. The Mexican president (a left-wing nationalist) felt that Castillo was a victim of the “economic and political elites” in Peru.

France 24/AFP

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