LIMA – Aurelio Pastor, who held the post of justice minister during President Alan Garcia’s second term, has been sentenced to four years in prison by a judge in Lima.
The sentence, however, has been suspended until the case is reviewed by a higher tribunal, Peruvian judicial sources said.
Judge Jorge Barreto on Thursday found Pastor guilty of influence peddling after he was reported by the mayor of Tocache Province, Corina de la Cruz, in 2012.
During the trial, the district attorney said that Pastor asked for 60,000 soles ($21,428) from de la Cruz for delaying the suspension notice by the National Jury of Elections and to intercede before the district attorney’s office for a verdict in her favor in a case of aggravated defamation.
The judge also ordered Pastor to pay 100,000 soles ($34,482) as civil damages to the state as his action caused damage to the public administration.
The ex-minister’s defense attorney immediately appealed the ruling which led the court to declare it suspended until a review by a higher court.
While the case is underway, Pastor cannot leave the country nor change his residence without prior notice to the court.
After hearing the verdict, Pastor told the media that he was a victim of “a trap” and that he had full confidence that the higher court would accept his appeal and revoke the sentence.