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Peru president sacks justice minister over judicial corruption scandal

AFP  |  Lima 

Peruvian Martin dismissed Justice after the publication of a series of audio recordings that sparked a scandal over the sale of sentences and

"For the health of the justice system reform, I've asked Heresi to resign," said on "The period is going through requires firm action."

The audio recordings scandal had already claimed eight victims before Heresi, with five judges and three judicial officials suspended earlier

Vizcarra's move came after a conversation between Heresi and was played on television.

Hinostroza is one of the judges at the centre of the audio recordings scandal.

Heresi confirmed on that he had tendered his resignation so that could push through the judicial reform he had announced on Wednesday, when thousands of Peruvians marched through the streets of the capital to protest against corruption in the justice system.

Heresi, though, insisted the published recordings "don't contain any suggestion of illegality or lack of morality or ethics".

In the recording, Heresi asks Hinostroza to come to his office to talk to him about a legal initiative, without giving any details.

"I needed your advice because there is a whole issue that wanted, on a multi-party level, to work at the legislative level in the area of and there was a sentence that you worked on," Heresi told the

The highest-ranking suspended is Walter Rios, the in the city of Callao, near Lima, whom said "cannot, after such serious events, be allowed to walk down the street. He's committed serious crimes".

The diffusion of inflammatory audio recordings began on Sunday on investigative journalism website IDL-Reporteros and the Panorama program on television station Canal 5, after which the public prosecutor's office opened an investigation into suspected

"We knew that the judicial system in did not operate transparently. The audio recordings are the proof that was missing," told AFP.

Vizcarra appointed a committee of six jurists headed by ex-and gave them 12 days to deliver a judicial reform proposal.

There is a feeling of deja vu in Peru, where two ex-presidents -- in 2000 and in March -- were brought down by undercover audio or video recordings.

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First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 14:05 IST
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