The Poder Judicial said that prosecutors and investigators entered the offices of the minister of the Presidencia Tuesday to search for documents. They also entered the legislative offices of lawmaker Wálter Céspedes. Offices in the Ministerio de Educación also were searched.
The case involves trafficking of influence, said the Poder Judicial, and the suspect is Céspedes. Investigators were searching for any emails or written communication in which the lawmaker sought favors to obtain jobs for third parties.
Because a lawmaker is involved, the searches had to be ordered by the Sala Tercera of the Corte Suprema de Justicia.
Present for the search at Casa Presidencial was Carlos María Jiménez. acting fiscal general. The minister of the Presidencia is Carlos Ricardo Benevides.