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Dina Boluarte’s 14 Rolexes; the new scandal of the president of Peru

The Peruvian prosecutor’s office opened a preliminary investigation this Monday against President Dina Boluarte for alleged illicit enrichment, due to the use of undeclared Rolex watches, the agency reported.

The Attorney General’s Office ordered “preliminary proceedings against Dina Boluarte, President of the Republic, for the alleged commission of the crime of illicit enrichment and failure to record a statement in documents, for the use of Rolex brand watches,” indicated a statement from the Public ministry.

The interim prosecutor Juan Carlos Villena will be in charge of the investigation, initiated after revelations by the journalistic program “La Encerrona” last week.

That medium indicated in a report that since she became vice president of the government of former President Pedro Castillo and Minister of Development and Social Inclusion in 2021, Boluarte has used several Rolex brand watches in various official activities.

The period analyzed by the program runs until December 2022, the month in which he assumed the presidency.

After the report, Boluarte pointed out last week that it is a watch “from yesteryear” and that it is the product of his “effort”, since he has been working since he was 18 years old.

“The article in particular is from yesteryear. I use it very occasionally and what I want to say: I have entered the Government Palace with clean hands and I will leave with clean hands, as I have promised the Peruvian people,” declared Boluarte, 61 years, last Friday.

The prosecution is already investigating Boluarte for the alleged crimes of “genocide, qualified homicide and serious injuries”, in a case opened last year for the death of more than 50 citizens “during social mobilizations between December 2022 and January 2023” .

Boluarte was questioned for the first time in March 2023 within the framework of that investigation.

If she is accused in any of these cases, the president cannot be put on trial until 2026 when her term ends, as established by the Constitution.

The details of the Rolex scandal

The scandal surrounding Peruvian President Dina Boluarte involves the use of luxurious Rolex watches that were not officially declared. It was identified that since she began her duties as vice president until today, Boluarte has used a total of 14 different watches. Among these, a Rolex stands out that could be valued between 6 thousand and more than 14 thousand dollars. These types of incidents have generated controversy and led to increased scrutiny of her assets and her ethical conduct.

Dina Boluarte became the first female president of Peru in December 2022, following the dismissal of President Pedro Castillo by Congress. Castillo attempted to dissolve Congress, which led to his impeachment, removal, and arrest, resulting in the inauguration of Boluarte, who served as his first vice president. Her presidency, however, has been marked by tensions and controversies. There have been protests against her rule and accusations of democratic backsliding and authoritarian tendencies. Additionally, Peru’s Attorney General’s Office has launched investigations to determine whether Boluarte and other senior officials are responsible for genocide and aggravated homicide due to the repression of protests.

Dina Boluarte has a long career in the legal and administrative field in Peru, although her political career is relatively recent. Prior to her political career, Boluarte served as a legal advisor and held leadership positions at the National Registry of Identification and Civil Status (RENIEC). Her entry into politics was through the Peru Libre party, although she later had significant disagreements with this group.

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