Peru’s justice minister steps down


LIMA: Peru’s Justice Minister Gustavo Adrianzen resigned Tuesday, two days after Congress said it might censure him, following the firing of a graft prosecutor investigating the first lady. The legislature was set to hold a session Thursday on whether to censure Adrianzen for allegedly “complicating the work of prosecutor Julia Principe in her investigation of money laundering and First Lady Nadine Heredia.” Adrianzen is the sixth justice minister to resign since President Ollanta Humala took office in July 2011. Heredia is accused of having received thousands of dollars in unexplained income several years ago — around the same time her husband allegedly received illicit funds from Venezuelan companies. Heredia has always denied receiving illegal campaign contributions, in particular from the Venezuelan government.



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