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Criminal trial to former President Uribe will continue in Colombia

Bogotá, May 24 (Prensa Latina) The trial for witness manipulation, bribery and procedural fraud against the former president of Colombia Álvaro Uribe (2002-2010) will continue, because a judge today rejected the request for annulment made by the defense of the accused.

The 44th Criminal Circuit Judge with the Judiciary Function of this capital denied the request, considering it impertinent and inadmissible, in a decision that he also declared as unappealable.

The ruling was announced at a hearing held today, as part of the process being undertaken against the former ruler, the first in history to be brought to trial in the country.

According to a report from Radio Nacional, one of the key moments of the hearing was when lawyer Juan David León, representative of former prosecutor Eduardo Montealegre and former deputy prosecutor Jorge Perdomo, reported that he received threats after publications made by Uribe on social networks.

On the other hand, the news source added, the former president rejected being accused of threatening witnesses, stating that he himself has been intimidated and does not blame the other parties in the process for that reason.

The genesis of the case against Uribe dates back to 2012, when the former president denounced Senator Iván Cepeda for allegedly giving benefits to witnesses to point out that he and his family had links with the paramilitaries.

After examining the allegation presented, the Supreme Court of Justice filed the complaint and subsequently determined that it was Uribe who was giving false testimony against Cepeda.

Faced with this situation, he was forced to resign from his senatorial seat in 2020 to stop being qualified, allowing his case to go to ordinary justice. Back then; However, the Prosecutor’s Office decided that there was not enough evidence to prosecute him.

However, on January 16, the first prosecutor delegated to the Supreme Court of Justice, Gilberto Villarreal, reopened the case and determined that there was sufficient evidence to charge him.

Taking into account the evidence, the Prosecutor’s Office accused the former head of state, and considered that he had conscious, deliberate and systematic support from multiple people who, to help him, devised means of proof that would account for partially true facts or situations that did not correspond to reality.