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Peru announces capture of ex SC Judge on run in Spain

20 Oct 2018, 04:10 ( 10 Months ago)

DF-Xinhua Report
Peru's President Martin Vizcarra. File Photo Xinhua.

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra on Friday announced the fugitive former Supreme Court Judge, Cesar Hinostroza, has been arrested in Spain.

   "Today in the early hours of the morning, Peru time, Cesar Hinostroza was captured," Vizcarra told Radio Programs Peru.

   The former judge is wanted for allegedly leading a criminal organization formed of judges, politicians and business leaders accused of influence peddling and corruption.

   Hinostroza is now in custody in Spain and paperwork has already begun to bring him back once his request for asylum has been denied by Spanish authorities, said Vizcarra.

   "We're doing as much as we can, working with the Foreign Ministry and directly with the Spanish Prime Minister," he said.

   According to Peruvian government, Hinostroza fled to Ecuador on Oct. 7 before flying to Madrid via Amsterdam.

   Hinostroza was removed from his position as Peru's Supreme Judge on July 8 after recordings were released showing judges being bribed for lowering the sentences of criminals.

   He is also accused of being the leader of the "White Necks of the Port" criminal organization. Some of the gang's members have already been arrested.