This time it is about judges, members of congress and a minister
Last Friday the Peruvian Minister of Justice, Salvador Heresi Chicoma, resigned after just three months in office, accused of influencing judicial decisions. Recordings of several secret conversations between politicians and judges have been broadcast on TV which prove that a whole string of verdicts were decided in advance and show that political cronyism is rife in all levels of justice, even in the Supreme Court. Furthermore, some parliamentarians from across the party-spectrum agreed to hoist favourable jurists into top positions.
The scandal is fresh and will probably cause further repercussions. These revelations come at a time when the Peruvian election campaign for state and municipal government are nearing their climax. Perhaps one should heed the following sentence: “Trust only a judge who you have bribed yourself!”