Attorney General’s Office disqualifies Daniel Quintero for six months for participation in politics during his mayoralty

Attorney General’s Office disqualifies Daniel Quintero for six months for participation in politics during his mayoralty
Attorney General’s Office disqualifies Daniel Quintero for six months for participation in politics during his mayoralty

LThe Attorney General’s Office has issued a ruling that disqualifies the former mayor of Medellín, Daniel Quintero, from holding public office for a maximum period of six months. This decision was announced after the conclusion of a disciplinary process that investigated the Quintero’s alleged involvement in politics during his term as mayor. The oversight body determined that the former mayor’s actions constituted explicit support for the campaign of current President Gustavo Petro, thus violating the rules that prohibit serving public officials from engaging in partisan political activities.

The verdict was read in the courtroom of the Attorney General’s Office, located in downtown Bogotá. The watchdog emphasized that “The conduct of the person under investigation shows that he used his social networks to promote political campaigns within illegal and constitutional frameworks.”

The Attorney General’s Office insisted that Quintero’s actions specifically favored the Historic Pact, the political coalition led by Gustavo Petro. According to the control entity, this occurred “from his active role as mayor of Medellinin the middle of the presidential campaign.”

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In light of this decision, former Mayor Quintero has announced his intention to go to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) in search of support to defend his political future. In fact, Quintero listened to the reading of the ruling from Washington, United Statesaccording to him, with the purpose of immediately going to the international organization.

Quintero has expressed his disagreement with the decision, calling it part of a “foul play” against him. The former mayor claims that his detractors’ sole objective was to “remove me from the presidential elections.” This statement suggests that Quintero perceives the disqualification as a political move intended to hinder his future electoral aspirations, rather than as a legitimate consequence of his actions during his term as mayor.

Daniel Quintero’s legal team has announced that it will appeal the decision of the Attorney General’s Office. They have requested a five-day period to present the grounds for their appeal, which indicates that the legal process surrounding this disqualification is far from over.

It is important to remember that the disciplinary investigation against Quintero focused on several posts made on his social network account X (formerly Twitter). during his term as mayor of Medellín. The Attorney General’s Office considered that these publications violated the rules that prohibit public officials from participating in politics while in office.

One of the most controversial incidents was a video in which Quintero is seen inside a car saying “the change in first” during the presidential campaign. This specific fact had already cost Quintero a previous sanction, resulting in a 40-day suspension from his position as mayor. During that period, Andree Uribe took over as acting mayor of Medellín.

 
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