jueves, 12 de diciembre de 2013

Colombian judicial official to face inquiry over mayor's dismissal

The chief prosecutor of Colombia Eduardo Montealegre Lynett announced on 11 December that his office would investigate the earlier decision by the Inspector-General of Colombia Alejandro Ordoñez to dismiss the mayor of Bogotá. The decision has angered the mayor Gustavo Petro and several thousands of his supporters in the capital, and raised questions about its legality from senior officials including the Minister of Justice Alfonso Gómez Méndez. The Inspector-General's office (Procuraduría General de la Nación) is the nation's legal attorney and tasked with taking disciplinary action against the state or officials where these violate laws or the constitution. Mr Montealegre heads the state prosecution service (Fiscalía General), which orders and implements criminal investigations. The office ordered an investigation on 11 December to find out the procedures used by the Inspector-General's office, while a deputy-chief prosecutor Jorge Perdomo was ordered to "order new evidence and verify the decision" emitted against Gustavo Petro, EFE cited Mr Montealegre as saying. "It is an inspection...to see what type of evidence they used after the statement of objections and which were the arguments the mayor's defence used," he stated. He qualified the methods used by the office of the Inspector-General as "medieval and inquisitorial." The Minister of Justice Alfonso Gómez said that day that such an investigation was not unprecedented, adding that the Inspector-General could be charged before the Supreme Court, Caracol radio reported.