Colombian Advisory Council dismisses appeal by impeached Bogota Mayor

Posted on Feb 26 2014 - 8:03am by Editor
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The Colombian Government Advisory Council has voted down a appeal to overturn the Inspector General’s decision to impeach Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro and prevent him from holding office for the next 16 years, local media reported.

After a number of sessions the Advisory Council — which exerts the role of the Supreme Court in contentious cases — voted against the appeal presented by magistrate Guillermo Vargas, who claimed that the Inspector General’s office violated due process in its decision last year.

The vote of 25 to 14 against backed the Inspector General’s actions and left in place the sanction against the capital’s mayor.

According to the Advisory Council, the Attorney General took into account all “evidentiary material” last December when it ordered the dismissal of the mayor for alleged “serious offenses” in implementing the new model of garbage collection for Bogota in late 2012.

However, due to a number of appeals upheld in favour of the mayor, Petro remains in office and the case continues.

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The president of the Advisory Council, Maria Clara Rojas, said the court has to consider other appeals filed by Petro’s defense, but “the goal is to set guidelines for the ongoing appeal process.”

Petro announced that his lawyers have been invited by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on the 24 March to study measures to protect his political rights.

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