• By The Financial District


Peruvian Attorney General Zoraida Avalos announced the launch of a preliminary investigation against former President Manuel Merino de Lama, resigning Prime Minister Antero Flores-Araoz, and Interior Minister Gaston Rodriguez for the death of the two young citizens and the disappearance of other people during protests held in recent days.

In a video message posted on the Public Ministry's social networks, Avalos specified that those subjects are accused of serious and minor injuries, as well as forced disappearance to the detriment of citizens —crimes committed in the context human rights violations, the Peruvian news agency Andina reported.

"My office has decided to initiate a preliminary investigation against Manuel Merino de Lama, Antero Flores-Araoz, and Gaston Rodriguez for the alleged crimes of abuse of authority, as well as intentional homicide against Jordan Inti Sotelo Camargo and Jack Bryan Pintado Sanchez," she added. Avalos said her ministry would exert efforts "so that the serious facts are clarified and sanctioned in a timely manner." Avalos said the Provincial Prosecutor's Office Specialized in Human Rights has launched a preliminary investigation to find out those who are responsible for the crime of intentional homicide against Jordan Inti Sotelo Camargo and Jack Bryan Pintado Sanchez "who, along with thousands of young people, came out to express themselves in various demonstrations nationwide."

"I can assure you that these deaths will not remain unpunished," Avalos stated. On the search for disappeared citizens, Avalos said prosecutors from different levels will "form work teams to visit various police stations and headquarters in order to determine if any of the citizens listed as missing are held as detainees."