Colombia’s lawyer normal on Friday referred to as for a listening to to presumably droop an investigation into former president and senator Alvaro Uribe’s involvement within the alleged witness tampering, signaling the potential finish of a historic authorized battle within the Andean nation.
The choice is more likely to inflame critics of Uribe, who’ve alleged for months that the lawyer normal’s workplace could be much less rigorous within the investigation than the Supreme Court docket, which was initially liable for the case. “After a full evaluation of the proof, materials proof, and knowledge legally obtained throughout this course of, the prosecutor on this case decided that numerous behaviors that legally implicated the previous congressman didn’t have the attribute crime, and others that can not be attributed (to him) as perpetrator or participant, ”the lawyer normal’s workplace stated in an announcement.
These categorized as victims can enchantment the choice, the assertion stated. Uribe and several other allies have been investigated into allegations of witness tampering in an try and discredit accusations that he had hyperlinks to right-wing paramilitaries.
Uribe, a mentor to present President Ivan Duque, has at all times insisted he was harmless. “Thank God for this optimistic step,” Uribe stated on Twitter.
Uribe was below home arrest for simply over two months final yr in reference to the case, following a Supreme Court docket ruling. He additionally resigned his seat within the Senate, which led the courtroom to switch the case to the lawyer normal’s workplace.
In 2012, Uribe accused left-wing Senator Ivan Cepeda of orchestrating a plot to hyperlink him to paramilitaries. However in 2018, the Supreme Court docket stated Cepeda gathered info from ex-combatants as a part of his work and didn’t pay or strain ex-paramilitaries. As an alternative, the courtroom stated it was Uribe and his allies who pressured the witnesses.
“The request for exclusion (of the prosecutor) would haven’t any evidentiary foundation and could be a humiliation for justice in Colombia,” Cepeda stated on Twitter Thursday, utilizing the Colombian authorized time period to name for the case to be closed. The case might have led to a jail sentence of as much as 12 years for Uribe.
The request will immediate a swift response from opponents and supporters, however the case will not be over, stated political threat guide Sergio Guzman of Colombia Threat Evaluation. “A decide goes to resolve and that is how the rule of legislation works, so let’s wait and see what the prosecutor argues,” he stated. Regardless of the determination, he stated, the already low public confidence within the Colombian justice system is at stake.
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