LIMA, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Peruvian prosecutors requested on
Thursday that the president and three other executives of
Spanish oil firm Repsol SA's local refinery be barred
from leaving Peru for 18 months while a probe into an oil leak
is under way.
Repsol's La Pampilla refinery, Peru's largest, leaked
thousands of barrels' worth of oil off Peru's central Pacific
coast in a Jan. 15 incident, which it blamed on unusually large
waves following a major volcanic eruption in distant Tonga.
President Pedro Castillo called it the biggest ecological
to affect the Andean nation in recent years.
A judge will review the request by state prosecutors against
the Repsol executives later on Thursday.
Repsol representatives in Peru were not immediately
available for comment.
Peru's prime minister, Mirtha Vasquez, said on Monday the
government was looking at sanctioning https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/peru-eyes-sanctions-over-repsol-oil-spill-doesnt-rule-out-production-halt-2022-01-24
Repsol's La Pampilla refinery, which accounts for over half of
Peru's refining capacity, following the oil spill.
The country's environment minister, Ruben Ramirez, on
Wednesday said the country was evaluating tough sanctions that
could include halting operations at the refinery.
"The State is not going to bend and we will act with a firm
hand," he said.
(Reporting by Marco Aquino in Lima
Writing by Anthony Esposito
Editing by Matthew Lewis)