Through a statement, the Colombian Association of Capital Cities, -Asocapitales-, ruled on the decision of the attorney general, Margarita Cabello, to dismiss the mayor of Medellín, Daniel Quintero, and the mayor of Ibagué, Andrés Hurtado, for his alleged involvement in politics.
In the letter, the association states that it believes in the fundamental right to the presumption of innocence and due process, fundamental principles of a rule of law. “We hope that the process of investigation, instruction, and trial of popularly elected officials carried out by the PNG (Attorney General’s Office), offers constitutional guarantees,” Asocapitales said.
It is a sudden decision, there was not even an ongoing investigation: Juan David Duque, Private Secretary https://t.co/KrYOWNB4at
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Likewise, the association reminded the Attorney General’s Office that, according to the ruling of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights -IACHR-, this type of decision can only be made by a judge through a judicial sentence and within a criminal proceeding.
Finally, Asocapitales rejected the expression “collective imaginary” used by the Attorney General’s Office, to support the explanation of the political participation of public servants.
“We register with bewilderment that the Public Ministry resorts to a subjective concept such as” collective imagination “, of which we have no reference in the jurisprudence or Colombian legislation,” the statement said.
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