Colombian Attorney’s Office suspends the mayor of Medellin | News


The Colombian Attorney General’s Office announced on Tuesday the suspension of the mayor of Medellín, Daniel Quintero, and three other officials to open an investigation for their alleged participation and intervention in politics less than three weeks before the presidential elections.


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I have ordered “the opening of a disciplinary investigation and the provisional suspension” of Daniel Quintero and three other politicians “for the alleged and repeated involvement in political activities and controversies,” said the head of the entity, Margarita Cabello, in a public statement.

The measure also affects the mayor of Ibagué, Andrés Fabián Hurtado, mayor of Ibagué, capital of the Colombian department of Tolima.

The Colombian Attorney General’s Office also announced the temporary suspension of Gustavo Adolfo Herrera, councilor of Calarcá, in the department of Quindío, and Grenfell Lozano Guerrero, personero of Nátaga, in the department of Huila.

The mayor of Medellin published a video on Monday in which he appears behind the wheel of a vehicle saying “change, first,” in a play on words that many associated with the eventual first-round victory of socialist Gustavo Petro.

According to the Colombian prosecutor, no public servant, from the lowest to the highest rank, can use the position to participate in political activities and movements, and in political controversies.

The Colombian Constitution prohibits officials, including the military, from intervening in electoral activities.

Upon learning of his suspension, the mayor of Medellín spoke on his social networks denouncing that “the coup d’état has begun in Colombia.”

Daniel Quintero, who has governed Medellín as an independent movement since 2020, has been involved in several controversies during his administration and in recent months he escaped a process of revocation of his mandate, moved by his political opponents.

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