The wife of a Pasco school teacher who disappeared after allegedly being kidnapped in Peru last year says her former husband was snatched from her car by police and beaten on May 1.
The former school teacher, who was not identified, was abducted by police during a traffic stop in the city of Pichonca in the state of Guerrero, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) west of the capital, Lima, on May 5, police said.
The disappearance sparked protests and calls for an investigation into the abduction, which prompted the authorities to open a criminal investigation into her husband’s alleged abduction.
“He was kidnapped.
He was kidnapped in the middle of the night by a police officer,” Elisa Rodriguez, her husband, said.
Rodriguez said she spoke to her husband by phone on May 6 and said the two had not spoken in two days.
“They did not see each other again.
We have a big problem,” she said.
Police have detained a suspect in connection with the case, said Lima Police Chief Alberto Pardo.
Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The kidnapping sparked protests, with some calling for the dismissal of the state’s education minister and the state prosecutor’s office.
The Guerrero state prosecutor has launched an investigation, as has the governor of the Guerrero state, according to local media.
A court in the nearby state of Coahuila issued an arrest warrant for the suspect on June 5.