December 29, 2017
A judge in Peru who ordered the jailing of two ex-presidents over the Odebrecht corruption scandal is being sidelined as part of a reform of the country’s judicial system that has ignited a new wave of controversy.
Richard Concepcion Carhuancho, celebrated for his tough stance on corruption, now finds his future as a top criminal judge in doubt under the new law.
The law, he said, represents “a loss of confidence, not only in me but in all the judges of the National Criminal Court that fight against corruption,” he said.
The head of Peru’s top court, Duberli Rodriguez, denied Thursday that the aim was to remove Concepcion from high-profile cases but warned that if he does not accept the new rules, he will be “in contempt.”
Rodriguez insisted the changes “will not affect cases linked to Odebrecht,” the Brazilian contractor at the center of a string of major corruption cases in Peru and elsewhere in Latin America.
President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski himself narrowly survived impeachment by Congress last week over allegations he lied about his links to the firm.