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Petro Criticizes Santos and Prosecution's Inaction After Attack

  • Presidential candidate Gustavo Petro speaks during a news conference in Bogota, Colombia February 26, 2018

    Presidential candidate Gustavo Petro speaks during a news conference in Bogota, Colombia February 26, 2018 | Photo: Reuters

Published 4 March 2018

The Colombian presidential candidate said that there is a political bias coming from the attorney general so thus far an investigation of the attempted homicide against him has not been initiated.

"The attorney general has not launched an in-depth investigation into an attempted homicide against me in Cúcuta," Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro said, adding that the reason is "political bias", but he also denounced, "in the background, forces within the same State hoping that an attack actually becomes effective ".

Through his Twitter account, the former mayor of Bogotá made reference to the attack he suffered being part of a caravan in the city of Cúcuta last Friday.

"It is incredible that the Prosecutor's Office at this time has not given a report on the impact the car received at the place where it was going to in Cúcuta," said Colombia's Humana candidate.

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He also criticized the current president Juan Manuel Santos, who "does nothing to take away the privileges he enjoys from jail" referring to Ramiro Suárez Corzo, former mayor of Cúcuta, accused of being the main responsible for the attack.

"The planners of this crime are senior leaders of Cúcuta," said Petro, who also criticized the Colombian press for describing the incident "as if it were just a skirmish between supporters and non-supporters."

According to Deputy Prosecutor María Paulina Riveros, preliminary proceedings have been initiated: the collection of testimonies, security videos and even the seizure of the truck in which Petro was mobilized at the time of the attack.

"We are investigating the possible crimes that could have been incurred during clashes between members of the National Police and some demonstrators, in which two agents of the security forces were injured," says the Prosecutor's Office.

The Colombian candidate has stressed that the Constitution establishes the right to political assembly and asks the authorities of that country to guarantee their right to democratic participation with guarantees.

Petro leads vote intention polls ahead of the presidential elections to be held on May 27.


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