LIMA (Reuters) – Prosecutors questioned Peruvian President Pedro Castillo for about three hours on Friday in a closed-door session in an investigation into corruption allegations against his government officials.
The interrogation came despite a request by Castillo’s lawyers to quash the investigation, arguing that incumbent presidents have legal immunity during their five-year terms under the country’s constitution.
The case is a rare example of prosecutors questioning an incumbent president for corruption.
“I am an honest man and I will always defend my innocence and honor,” Castillo wrote on Twitter after the session, stressing that he had not committed acts of corruption.
Prosecutors have previously said they chose to investigate Castillo “because of the seriousness and degree” of allegations that his former transport minister, Juan Silva, participated in corrupt acts of which the president was aware.
As he left the prosecutor’s office, Castillo briefly told reporters that he had answered every question he was asked.
(Reporting by Marco Aquino)