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Peru’s bishops support proposed overhaul of judicial system

Peru’s bishops expressed support for an overhaul of the country’s judicial system after phone-tap recordings revealing influence peddling and corruption became public.

Peruvians ‘have the right to know whether what the recordings reveal…is an exception or an example of what happens in our system of justice,’ the bishops wrote in a statement issued on 11th July.

‘If the events are not clarified, our citizens will lose trust in and respect for judicial authorities and the respective institutions, with disastrous results for our country’s democratic life,’ the bishops said.

The phone taps, made by a court order as part of an official investigation, implicate judges and members of the National Council of Magistrates, which hires and fires judges and prosecutors.

President Martin Vizcarra announced the creation of a commission to propose a reform of the judicial system and said he will present the proposal to Congress during his state of the nation message on 28th July, Peru’s independence day. The bishops said they support a reform.

“There must be a real will for this reform to be done in Peru,” Archbishop Miguel Cabrejos of Trujillo, president of the bishops’ conference, told the state-run news agency Andina on 12th July. “It is a demand of the entire population, of all citizens, because they are fed up with this problem, which has existed for decades.”

Picture: Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra is seen on 11th July in the Tupac Amaru hall of the Government Palace in Lima. Vizcarra announced the creation of a commission to propose a reform of the judicial system and said he will present the proposal to Congress during his state of the nation message on 28th July, Peru’s independence day. (CNS photo/Andres Valle handout via EPA).