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Prosecutors interview Pérez

The former Security Council secretary is charged with the illegal wiretapping of phone conversations of opposition politicians and others. 

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For two hours, former National Security Council Secretary Gustavo Pérez was interviewed by prosecutors today investigating the illegal monitoring of phone conversations and electronic communications.

Prosecutor Marcelino Aguilar charged Pérez and fellow former Secretary Alejandro Garúz yesterday with crimes related to the surveillance. Heavily guarded, Pérez arrived at the prosecutor's office at 8:10 a.m. and left at 10:15 a.m. He did not make any statements to the media. He was taken back to the Department of Judicial Investigation headquarters, where both he and Garúz are being held.

Armando Fuentes, Pérez's lawyer, said that his client told prosecutors "what he knows" about the case. He said that his client had nothing to do with the surveillance, and that charging him does not respect due process because there is no link between the case and Pérez.

He also said he could not comment about weapons found at his client's residence, as he had no information about it.

He added that the questions asked of his client were limited to the intercepted phone calls and electronic messages.

Prosecutors have said they have evidence of the direct involvement of former Security Council officials in the surveillance of private citizens during the administration of former President Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014). Such surveillance is illegal without a court order.

Garúz is expected to be interviewed later today.

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