Peru judge orders ex-President Castillo to remain in detention for 18 months
Driving the news: Judge Cesar San Martin Castro's order comes just days after Congress ousted Castillo and stripped him of the privilege that keeps the country's presidents from facing criminal charges.
Details: Castillo and his legal team did not participate in Thursday’s virtual hearing, AP writes.
- They argued the hearing lacked “minimum guarantees” and the former President was represented by a public defender, per AP.
- Peru's Supreme Prosecutor Alcides Chinchay said in court that Castillo faces at least 10 years in prison for the rebellion charge. Castillo denies the charges.
The big picture: The judge's decision also comes a day after a national state of emergency was declared after a week of deadly protests sparked by the ousting of Castillo.
- Peruvian authorities said Thursday at least seven people had died and 52 others were injured during protests in Ayacucho.
- On Thursday, protesters in Lima demanded Castillo's freedom, the resignation of new President Dina Boluarte and the immediate scheduling of general elections to pick a new president and members of Congress.