The delivery of packages with a lot of money, condominiums in the Caribbean and 1.1 billion pesos without explanation are some of the scandals involving some family members and people close to the President of the Republic, Gustavo Petro. In particular, this is the son, brother and former chief of staff of the president.
On January 11, Colombian prosecutors accused Nicolás Petro of illicit enrichment and money laundering, which the court rejected after his lawyer’s request to cancel the process and set a trial date for the end of April.
The doubt is on whether these funds in any way boost Gustavo Petro in the race for the Presidency of the Republic, which he will win in 2022.
Nicolás Petro admitted receiving this money, although, according to him, it remained in his possession. Given the facts, the current head of state denies having knowledge of these actions.
This unleashed a wave of investigations into the resources supporting the campaign of the current Colombian Government, in which the president’s brother and Ricardo Roa, his former campaign director, were also involved.
However, the two denied any irregularities, while Laura Sarabia, former chief of staff, appeared before prosecutors.
In the presentation, Sarabia was supposed to be subjected to a lie detector test, the alleged wiretapping of a babysitter and another bag of money.
Regarding the facts, the current director of the Department for Social Prosperity (DPS) assured that he is innocent.
And it was added that the Congress of the Republic started an impeachment process against Petro in December, where they recently called his son to testify, according to The Economist.
These scandals represent a “looming shadow” over the rest of Petro’s term, according to an analysis by Sergio Guzmán of Colombia Risk Analysis, a consulting firm in Bogotá.
President Petro’s approval rating was just 33% in December, according to aggregate data from consulting firm surveys.
Currently, he said, he does not have the political influence necessary to implement the proposed reforms, which raises the possibility of expanding the role of the State in health care, pensions and education.
There are also many expectations as to who will replace the outgoing Attorney General of the Nation, Francisco Barbosa, who will end his term of office next month.
Regarding this fact, SEMANA revealed this Thursday how the judges of the Supreme Court of Justice voted, in different rounds, to choose the attorney general. The votes are as follows:
In the first round, 13 blank votes were recorded, six votes in favor of Amelia Pérez and four for Luz Adriana Camargo. For her part, Ángela María Buitrago did not have any votes.
Immediately, the magistrates put Pérez and Camargo to a vote in a new round. However, again, the blank vote won (with 13 registrations). For their part, each of the two shortlists registered five votes.
Then, the magistrates put the name of Luz Adriana Camargo in a court vote, who got five votes. On that occasion, there were 18 blank votes.
Immediately, when the name of Amelia Pérez was put to a vote in the room, the group had nine votes, and the blank vote reached 14.
The following rounds, again, have differences between 18 and 14 blank votes. Luz Adriana Camargo did not exceed five votes, and Amelia Pérez had nine.