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Is Juan Manuel Santos free from guilt?

Faced with these actions, the National Electoral Council of Colombia must proceed to attend these complaints and open an investigation to determine and punish these allegations
  • EFE

BOGOTÁ .- A few weeks ago Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was included in the list of Latin American presidents who have been directly or indirectly involved in a corruption scandal and bribery by Brazilian company Odebrecht.

According to an investigation, the economist José Roberto Prieto Uribe, in charge of managing the presidential campaigns of the Colombian president, admitted that he received $ 400,000 from the construction company for the printing and distribution of Santos' electoral posters for his first presidential race in 2010.

Faced with these actions, the National Electoral Council of Colombia must proceed to attend these complaints and open an investigation to determine and punish these allegations.

However, in order for the investigation to proceed, there are several "legal" obstacles that prevent the investigation procedure from proceeding.

According to the law in Colombia, electoral magistrates "are prohibited from expressing their public opinions on matters in which they have to decide, under penalty of being rejected, that is, of being removed from those processes."

In turn, the Code of Administrative Procedure, which regulates electoral sanctioning processes in the South American country, establishes the expiration for them of three years after the occurrence of events, which leads to the authority no longer has jurisdiction to hear what happened in 2010.

All these legal obstacles could prevent this case, which splashes the same president of Colombia, are in a legal limbo.

However, Juan Manuel Santos can leave unscaved after having asked for forgiveness to the citizens of his country for this link and to ensure that they will impose all legal sanctions with those responsible in this matter.

If President Santos is expected to testify for this connection jointly with economist José Roberto Prieto Uribe and the payment of bribes, it must be done before another instance different from the Colombian National Electoral Council.

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