Colombian military officer investigated for meddling in politics | News


The Colombian Attorney General’s Office communicated this Tuesday the opening of what it calls a preliminary investigation to determine the possible participation in politics of the commander of the National Army, General Eduardo Enrique Zapateiro, after the officer responded on social networks in recent days to the presidential candidate Gustavo Petro.


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At that time, Petro had assured that there were generals allied with the “Gulf Clan”, one of the illegal armed groups, involved in several massacres and assassinations of social leaders and peace signers in the South American country.

Zapateiro responded to the message in the following terms: “Senator, do not use your investiture (parliamentary inviolability) to pretend to engage in politicking with the death of our soldiers, rather comply with your citizen duty of substantiated denunciation before the Attorney General’s Office of the facts you mention, whoever he is”.

That thread on Twitter of the Army commander criticizing a presidential candidate would violate article 127 of the Constitution that prohibits public servants from intervening in electoral politics and, being military, also violates article 219 that states that the Public Force is not deliberative.

The Public Ministry, after citing Zapateiro’s publications, said that it is necessary to carry out the investigation to verify the occurrence of the conduct, determine if it constitutes a disciplinary offense, and establish if the alleged perpetrator acted within any cause of exclusion of responsibility.

This investigation is added to the complaint that was filed yesterday with the Enrique Zapateiro General Prosecutor’s Office in which the complainant requested an investigation for the crimes of intervention in politics and prevarication, because with those publications he would have violated the constitutional order.

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