Presidents of high courts reject complaint of beatings of magistrate

In a letter, Diana Remolina, Gerson Chaverra, Milton Cháves and José Fernando Reyes, presidents of the Superior Council of the Judiciary, of the Supreme Court, of the Council of State and of the Constitutional Court, respectively, rejected the complaint of magistrate Enrique Ibáñez regarding the alleged attacks against him by State intelligence agencies.

“We reject the facts that, if verified, put the independence of the Judicial Branch at risk and constitute a serious affront to Colombian democracy and the safety of the judges and magistrates who administer justice,” they said. In addition, they asked for guarantees from the government and the Prosecutor’s Office to be able to carry out their work.

This is the letter:

Petro denied the insults. “Since the first day of government, the president’s order to the intelligence agencies is not to use it against the opposition, the press or the courts,” Petro said this morning. “I have been explicit that State intelligence is dedicated to the prosecution of major crime,” he continued.

The Prosecutor’s Office and Presidency are investigating them. Over the weekend, the attorney general, Luz Adriana Camargo, opened an investigation and assigned it to the Unit of Delegated Prosecutors before the Supreme Court of Justice.

And today, the directive from the Presidency was to start an internal investigation into the Press Secretariat and the Palace Technology Directorate. “President Gustavo Petro has been emphatic that these types of events are not allowed, they are totally illegal and any official who is involved in any of these practices must respond to justice,” he said in the statement.

 
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