Former Lawmaker Fernando Olivera presented recordings in which Vladimiro Montesinos is heard coordinating the bribery of three out of four magistrates of the National Jury of Elections (JNE) to prevent Free Peru candidate Pedro Castillo from being declared president-elect.
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Although Montesinos is serving a 25-year sentence, he tried to get the JNE members to annul some 200,000 votes cast in rural and poor areas, where the leftist teacher won overwhelmingly.
To carry out an electoral fraud that would benefit Popular Force candidate Keiko Fujimori, Montesinos used a conventional telephone placed in the Callao Naval Base's maximum security prison. So far, this fact has not been denied by the Peruvian Navy.
Apparently, the recordings were made by retired military officer Pedro Rejas, who was ordered by Montesinos to contact politician Guillermo Sendon to get to the electoral judges.
In another recording made with a hidden camera, Sendon claims that JNE magistrate Luis Arce asked him for US$3 million for each of the magistrates in exchange for voting in favor of the legal actions brought by Keiko Fujimori.
Through a video posted on social networks on Thursday night, Sendon acknowledged the veracity of the conversations. However, he claimed he was just "going with the flow" to find out whether his interlocutor was really organizing an electoral fraud.
As a result of the legal and illegal maneuvers that the extreme right and the corporate media are carrying out, Peru does not know who its next president is. The electoral authorities have not yet officially declared Pedro Castillo's victory in the elections held on June 6.