Inter-Parliamentary Union agrees to study Álvaro Uribe’s case after he reported irregularities

FILE PHOTO: Colombia’s former president and lawmaker Alvaro Uribe, arrives to a private hearing at Supreme Court of Justice in Bogota, Colombia October 8, 2019. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez/File Photo

The judicial process of former president Álvaro Uribe Vélez for alleged manipulation of witnesses seems to reach international stages. Today it was learned that the Human Rights Committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) agreed to study the case of the political leader, after his defense presented to that organization an alleged series of irregularities in the investigation initiated by the Supreme Court of Justice.

It is worth noting that the IPU – an organization that brings together the world’s parliaments – is a political and not judicial body. However, Uribe’s defense wanted to take the case to court, arguing that the political leader is the victim of threats and intimidation, arbitrary detention and arrest, the absence of due process in the investigative phase, and the absence of impartial judicial processes.

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According to El Espectador, for the IPU the former president filed the complaint correctly. “It refers to alleged threats, intimidating actions, arbitrary detention and arrest, absence of due process in the investigative phase and absence of impartial judicial processes, all of them accusations that fall within the mandate of the Committee”the organization said.

09/29/2020 The former president of Colombia Álvaro Uribe.  SOUTH AMERICA COLOMBIA LATIN AMERICA INTERNATIONAL POLICY SEBASTIAN BARROS SALAMANCA / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACT
09/29/2020 The former president of Colombia Álvaro Uribe. SOUTH AMERICA COLOMBIA LATIN AMERICA INTERNATIONAL POLICY SEBASTIAN BARROS SALAMANCA / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACT

The Inter-Parliamentary Union also received the complaints from the Chamber representative Álvaro Hernán Prada who is also being investigated by the Supreme Court and will study his case.

The Supreme Court of Justice prepares a response

As reported by Revista Semana, the IPU has already sent a communication to the Supreme Court in which it informs that they will examine the cases of Uribe and Prada, and add: “The committee will re-examine both files on the occasion of its next session to be held in early 2021”.

In the next few hours, the high court is expected to issue a statement on this decision, but Semana assured that “The Court considers that the independence of the magistrates and of the justice system in general is being affected, in some way, since it is not the Inter-Parliamentary Union, in their opinion, that is competent to point out to the robes the procedure and action in the investigation, which in fact is no longer in their hands “.

The IPU letter to Congress

A few days ago, the Inter-Parliamentary Union sent a letter to the president of Congress, Arturo Char, requesting information on complaints presented by Álvaro Uribe’s defense regarding the investigation that is being carried out.

The organization asks the Congress of the Republic to provide it with all the information it has on the alleged lack of guarantees in the investigation carried out by the Supreme Court against Uribe, the alleged illegal interception of his phone, and the violation of the right to privacy and security.

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“It is extremely important for the Committee to know the official position regarding these allegations. Therefore, I would be very grateful if you would see to it that we receive this information, along with any information that you deem pertinent “, the Inter-Parliamentary Union indicated in the letter.

It should be remembered that the case of former President Álvaro Uribe is now in the hands of the Prosecutor’s Office and the ordinary justice after he resigned from his position as senator.

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