Gustavo Petro will meet with Francisco Barbosa to evaluate the release of members of the front line

Gustavo Petro will meet with Francisco Barbosa to evaluate the release of members of the front line.  (Reuters)
Gustavo Petro will meet with Francisco Barbosa to evaluate the release of members of the front line. (Reuters)

President Gustavo Petro meet with the Attorney General of the Nation, Francisco Barbosa, next Wednesday December 14th. At the meeting they will talk about Decree 2422 of 2022 that would grant freedom to young people who were detained during the national strike protests, which include members of the front line.

The meeting was announced after the leader of the Attorney General’s Office expressed his doubts about the regulations. I don’t quite understand the figure of peace manager that is spoken within the decree —Barbosa pointed out— It would be necessary to explain to the country exactly who or what spokesperson and within the framework of what peace process”.

He also indicated that the decree stipulates the creation of a Intersectoral Commission for the Promotion of Peace, Reconciliation and Citizen Participation. According to Defense Minister Iván Velásquez, that entity It will evaluate each of the cases to determine who is released and for the most part they would be charged and not convicted.

“It must be examined on a case-by-case basis,” the minister told the magazine Week— This decision does not signify the conclusion of processes or investigations. The purpose of the decree will be to be a transitory measure to help the “youth leaders who, in the midst of the protest, had a behavior that was censored by justice” and it will be in the hands of the judges of the Republic to define whether or not freedoms are granted.

Taking this into account, the commission will be one of the central points of the meeting, because despite the fact that the Colombian judiciary will have the last word, there are still doubts about the role of the Attorney General’s Office. “The judges of the Republic are the last word against any exit of these people, in this sense I think that what the Prosecutor’s Office does is keep an eye on this procedure,” he said. barbosa.

For the leader of the investigative body, the people prosecuted and prosecuted are in these processes precisely because there is probative material. “The prosecution He considers that a person like Alias ​​19 or any person who has committed serious crimes, homicides and has been convicted by justice cannot be released,” said the official.

However, as Velásquez stated, those captured would not be released from prison. In this sense, Sergio Andrés Pastor, known as aka 19would not leave prison after being sentenced to 14 years in prison for torture and kidnapping.

Even so, Baborsa took the opportunity to send him a message to the Colombian judiciary: “Within the framework of its autonomy and independence, make the corresponding decisions under the legal body.” This taking into account that the investigations of the detainees were carried out by the entity that directs: “all facts were duly supported, and we comply with the country. In that I believe that the task of the Prosecutor’s Office is to continue preserving the institutional order.

It should be remembered that Néstor Osuna explained in days past before Snail News that the decree does not intend to grant an amnesty, pardon or judicial pardon. The figure of the social manager will have as primary task to advance reconciliation work that will be verified by the High Commissioner for Peace, Danilo Rueda. In the event that they do not fulfill these functions, those involved will return to prison.

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