Invited members of the Congressional Justice Commission chaired by Janet Rivas (Perú Posible). National Board of Justice (JNJ)Imelda Tumialán presided so that they could present their defense against a summary trial for serious misconduct.
Congresswoman Patricia Chirinos (Avanza País), author of the motion approved by the full session and leading to the JNJ hearing, was also invited.
read more: He voted against the vacancy of Pedro Castillo, abstained in the Freddy Díaz case, and is now the head of the Justice Commission.
11.00 The lawyer feels that the removal of all members of the JNJ without due process and without “compelling reason” would violate their independence and autonomy and affect the “entire system of justice”.
10:55 Attorney Samuel Abad begins his argument by recalling the background to the trial and pointing out that there is no standard for “serious reason.”
10:50 Congresswoman Gladys Echaíz says that the responsibilities are personal and the responsibility of the president of the JNJ is not the same as that of other members. Ruth Luk points out that the problem is that there is no clear procedure in this process, and that the charges against each person are not unique.
10:45 Prosecutor asks JNJ members to file summary judgment. His defense is for all members because the charges against each of them are not individual.
10:40 The session resumes with Maria Zavala, a member of the plenary session of the National Judicial Board, with her lawyer, Samuel Abad. The judge notes that his defense will be the same as that of the other members of the JNJ, which is why everyone has been asked to appear together.
10:24 JNJ’s demand was rejected with 11 votes against and 9 votes in favour. The session was adjourned to allow Juna’s first judge, Maria Zavala, to be summoned.
10:15 The chair of the commission, Janet Rivas, tells Gladys Echoes that “threats cannot be allowed in a full session of the justice commission.”. He replied that he did not threaten but respect the law. “Read the rules,” he tells him. Rivas responded that he was taking steps to ensure due process.
10:05 The JNJ asked the commission to present its members collectively from 11 am. The justice commission chairman puts the issue to a vote, while Gladys Echas (popular renewal) asks to reject it.
10:01 Assemblywoman Ruth Luke insists on asking Patricia Chirinos about her constitutional development plan regarding the maximum age of JNJ members. He says he didn’t attend the panel to talk about the project, but rather about his movement. Alejandro Muñante (Renovación Popular) defends her and says that she presents herself as a complainant and not as an investigated person.
9:53 Hernando Guerra García (Fuerza Popular) seeks to investigate and decide the commission, denying that they are biased and preconceived. “Separation of powers which JNJ does not respect, we respect separation of powers at other times. But we are not going to make an opinion.
9:47 a.m Congresswoman Ruth Luk mentions the JNJ report, where she urges Congress to reflect, and asks Patricia Chirinos to state whether a report can be a precursor to the impeachment of high-ranking officials such as JNJ members. He also questioned why he tabled a bill clarifying the issue if he could not specify the maximum age of JNJ members.
9:42 a.m The legislator tries to play the video with the statements of the vice president of JNJ, but he cannot. Then, they assert that they are the ones who affected the separation of powers and not the Congress.
9:39 The fifth charge alleges that JNJ leaked information about the subject matter of the hearings to the country’s attorney.
9:37 The fourth charge was not presenting their annual report to Congress. The legislator considers it a serious reason to warrant the withdrawal of all members of the JNJ.
9:34 The third reason is the interpretation of the law regarding the age of JNJ members. The Plenary Session of the JNJ explains that the age limit of 75 years applies to assuming office, but affirms that the legislator is the upper limit for membership at all times.
9:33 Now he is referring to press releases that claim pressure from JNJ members for the Supreme Court to rule on the Zoraida Avalos case. He says that the statements of the Chief Justice indicate that this is the case and requests further investigation and clarification.
9:30 The legislator exposes “serious reasons” and, according to its motion, the members should be removed. The first is a report on the case by prosecutor Zoraida Avalos. He attributes them to assuming the protection of the magistrate and attempting to interfere with the jurisdiction of Congress.
9:28 The Congresswoman presents various definitions of ‘serious reason’ with parliamentary precedents indicating that it need not be a crime or a violation of the Constitution.
9:25 Patricia Cirenos cites the 2018 dismissal of two CNM councilors involved in the ‘cullos blancos del Puerto’ case as a precedent for removal for “serious reason”.
9:23 The session opens with a presentation by Patricia Chirinos, author of the motion calling for the removal of JNJ members for “serious reason.”
The movement questions the National Board of Justice for issuing a statement in defense of the administration of justice and against the congressional process, which culminated in the dismissal of Zoraida Avalos as Supreme Prosecutor.
On Sunday, in an exclusive interview with El Comercio, the president of the JNJ, Imelda Dumialan, promised that they would attend the summons.
“Yes, because we fear nothing. We have acted in a way that guarantees constitutional, legal, principles and institutional and democratic values. And most importantly: the team, because organizations take precedence over people” he exclaimed.
In addition, JNJ is composed of: Aldo Vasquez (Vice President), Henry Avila, Ines Tello, Humberto de la Jaza, Maria Savala and Guillermo Thornberry.
The summons was originally scheduled for last Friday, but was postponed following the decision of the Justice Commission chairman.