“The agreement was imposed on Vicky Peláez,” says her attorney – español
Carlos Moreno, lawyer for the Peruvian journalist Vicky Peláez, said that the accord by which his client confessed to being a spy for Russia was “imposed” by Washington and Moscow and “has nothing to do with the evidence” available to the prosecution.
Shortly after the end of the court hearing against the ten people accused of making up a network of Russian spies, in which the group’s expulsion was decided, Moreno told BBC Mundo that his client had no other option but to accept.
Moreno guesses that the expulsion to Russian will be hardest for Peláez, since she’s the only one in the group who is not a Russian citizen and she must leave her journalistic career behind, something that according to the attorney created “an environment of political persecution” against his client.
Is the defense satisfied with the resolution of the case?
The resolution of this case has nothing to do with the evidence, but with an agreement imposed on the prosecutor, the defense attorneys, and even the Southern District Court by the United States. It is an agreement between the U.S. government and the Russian Federation.
You say that the executive branch interfered with the judicial process?
That’s my interpretation, because when there’s a negotiation process between the prosecution and the defense attorneys, the process involves just those two parties; there’s no third or fourth participant. In this case, there was a third participant: the U.S. government, not represented by the prosecution but rather, by the executive branch. And there were also representatives from the Russian Federation. Continue reading