Pedro Castillo’s former chief of staff, Guido Bellido, said this Friday (9) that the imprisoned former president “may have been induced” to dissolve Congress and “does not remember” having read the coup decree that led to his impeachment.
“I asked, ‘Why did you do the reading?’ [do decreto que dissolveu o Congresso]🇧🇷 He replied that he didn’t remember,” deputy Guido Bellido told the press, after having visited Castillo at the police base in Lima, where the former president is being held in preventive custody while he is investigated for rebellion and conspiracy.
“There are indications that the president was forced to read the dissolution message, and whoever wrote the text did so with the aim of providing an argument for the vacancy [impeachment]because until then it did not have the votes [no Congresso]🇧🇷 We demand that it be determined who were the architects of this fall,” Bellido said on Twitter.
Congress had scheduled for Wednesday (7) the debate on Castillo’s removal. But the president got ahead of himself and, three hours earlier, announced in a televised speech the dissolution of Congress and the implementation of a curfew and declared that he would govern by decree.
Bellido also questioned Castillo’s mental condition.
“Castillo’s psychological state when reading the message to the nation shows that he was out of his mind, which suggests that he could have been induced [a ler a mensagem]🇧🇷 A tox screen is urgent,” he urged in a tweet.
Bellido, who was the former president’s first chief of staff in 2021, said the priority is “to free Professor Pedro Castillo”.
The version that Castillo acted under the influence of some substance was also considered by Guillermo Olivera, one of the former president’s lawyers.
“What I do know is that when the former president read this message written by others, minutes before he was given a drink, supposedly water. And, after drinking the water, he felt dizzy,” Oliveira told reporters.
“Everyone saw that he was shakily reading, and I assume he was also a little sedated,” concluded the lawyer.