Prosecutor’s Office accused General (r) Mauricio Zabala of alleged sexual harassment in Nariño

Prosecutor’s Office accused General (r) Mauricio Zabala of alleged sexual harassment in Nariño
Prosecutor’s Office accused General (r) Mauricio Zabala of alleged sexual harassment in Nariño

The Prosecutor’s Office formally accused the retired General, Mauricio José Zabala Cardonaand who was commander of the Rapid Deployment Force 2 of alleged sexual harassment of a second lieutenant and a civilian contractor in the unit located between Tumaco and Pasto, Nariño.

According to the investigation “between 2018 and 2019, Zabala Cardona, in his role as commander of FUDRA 2 in the Jungle Battalion No. 53, would have used his rank and authority to make offensive comments and sexual insinuations.

The Army learned of this situation in 2019 and through a communication ordered “the formation of a Coexistence Committee to address the known situation”

“Once the facts were known, assistance, psychological and legal measures were adopted in the particular case known in order to guarantee the confidentiality of the alleged victims”

He also assures that he will bring the fact to the attention of the Attorney General’s Office and since it is the entity that is competent to carry out disciplinary investigations.”

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Prosecutor’s Office: General Zabala against the wall

The second lieutenant denounced that by rejecting the courtships and pretensions that the General had with her, she was a victim of reprisals.

Zabala gave the order that “limited her contact with male staff, threatened her with investigations and negative notes on her resume.” Furthermore, as if that were not enough, he publicly mocked her.

In the investigation carried out by the Prosecutor’s Office, it was found that “he ordered the group of bodyguards to control his activities and ordered him to change his profile photo on social networks, sending him continuous messages via instant messaging.”

The case of the civilian and who worked in the institution for the provision of services “Zabala Cardona made sexual advances in exchange for renewing his employment contract”

The truth is that the woman who worked as an archivist rejected all his advances, being a victim of siege and which prevented her from continuing in the position.

The investigation led by the prosecutor’s office delegated to the Supreme Court of Justice concluded “that the victims were violated in their sexual freedom and suffered a deep emotional shock.”

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