The formal position of the Attorney General’s Office on the request to preclude the process against former President Álvaro Uribe for procedural fraud and bribery to witnesses.
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The prosecutor in the case, Jorge Enrique Sanjuán Gálvez, began last week the argumentation of eight elements that he put on the table to make the decision, which although it is not binding, has wide relevance and sheds light on what may come in the case.
Attorney General Sanjuán Gálvez indicated that he will only refer to events after February 18, 2018, which refer to the specific process being investigated and by which that the estoppel is requested.
He indicated that the Prosecutor’s Office incurred an omission in requesting the estoppel for facts and not for crimes and that this has legal consequences.
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He argued that although several guardianships have been ruled in the case, this does not in any way compromise the presumption of innocence ofthe accused.
The official indicated that the Attorney General’s Office will rule only on the terms of the law and impartially without any particular interest so that “a fair and legal decision is reached.”
He indicated that a logical probability of the facts is needed to for the Prosecutor’s Office to proceed to the accusation against Uribe Vélez. He then referred to the accusations of alleged pressure to change the version of the witness Juan Guillermo Monsalve through the lawyer Diego Cadena.
After the intervention of the Attorney General, it will be the turn of the defense of former President Uribe and himself.
At the end of that intervention, everything will be ready for the judge in the case to make a decision on the preclusion of the process.
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