Several members of Team for Colombia, a coalition in which the former mayor is one of the protagonists.
The position was one of the reactions of Enrique Peñalosa, Federico Gutiérrez and David Barguil to try to shake off the harsh political blow that the Merlano’s remarks about one of the members of his alliance.
“In the Team for Colombia Coalition we are the most interested in seeing that the accusations of Aída Merlano are investigated as quickly as possible by our justice system”, Peñalosa affirmed . And Gutiérrez added: “He (Char) has already given some explanations and he has to be the one to refer to this.” suspicions that the different sectors take advantage of politically without contributing to the truth.”
The position of the three pre-candidates of Equipo por Colombia came hours after learning some excerpts from a statement by Merlano to the Supreme Court of Justice in through an investigation into the brother of Alejandro Char, Arturo Char, current senator.
In it, the former congresswoman stated that Alejandro Char had given her 500 million pesos for her campaign for the Senate in 2018. The former mayor denied this and his defense announced lawsuits against the former congresswoman, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for corruption of voters, escaped from prison and remains in Venezuela.
But Peñalosa, Gutiérrez and Barguil went further and tried to focus on the alleged relationship between Merlano’s statements and the protection that Nicolás Maduro would be giving him, in Venezuelan territory.
In this sense, Peñalosa stated that “it is possible” that the Maduro government “has influenced these statements to benefit” the pre-candidate Gustavo Petro. And Barguil affirmed that the “intervention of the Venezuelan government” is “intuited”, that “it is close” to the “candidate of the left” in Colombia.
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