A judge of Spain’s National Court has admitted a complaint against Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro, for joining the “drug paramilitary group M-19”, to which a series of murders and kidnappings, including a journalist with Spanish citizenship, are attributed.
In a well-known order on Monday, Judge Joaquín Gadea stated that since the Attorney General’s office has opposed accepting the complaint, “a preliminary investigation must be agreed, in order to present the heirs of the kidnapped victim, Fernando González Pacheco (died in 2014), and the possibility of criminal proceedings. As plaintiffs.
The judge also considered it “important” to “prove the Spanish citizenship of Fernando Gonzalez Pacheco”, because they attribute Spain to his place of birth, “so it is logical to believe that he has the original Spanish citizenship.”
He also considers it “necessary to confirm, with the competent authorities of the Republic of Colombia, that the accused, Gustavo Francisco Petro Francisco Origo, does not enjoy pardon or pardon, especially since he has not been investigated or acquitted.” or have been convicted of the facts which are the subject of this proceeding” and the presidential candidate is also required to appear personally in these proceedings.
Legal sources have reported to Effie that the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Supreme National Court, for its part, who reported the admission of the accused, has already appealed the judge’s decision.
According to the complaint filed with the Supreme National Court on March 18 and included in the car, Petro, the candidate of the Left Alliance Historic Alliance, would have committed crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide as a member of the armed group “Narcoparamilitary M-19”.
The letter says, that for at least two decades (between the 1970s and 1980s) a group “systematically and indiscriminately used kidnapping, as well as torture and murder” in order to “destroy” the “enemy”, among whom were political opponents, members of the public forces, journalists, businessmen, diplomats, and senior officials. Officials in public authorities.
Some facts which, according to the complainant, “Petro has never been brought to justice” and currently “would be considered ‘demobilized’ from the group of which he was a part”.
With all of these arguments, the judge notes, “The complainant is trying to show that the facts denounced will be in a position to sue outside Colombia, since they were not investigated there, and their ability to do so because the accused does not have a legal capacity to pardon or Amnesties “.
This, combined with the presumed Spanish nationality of one of the victims, would make the Supreme National Court competent to investigate this kidnapping.
However, the judge warned that the crimes that “will be the subject of this investigation will only be prosecuted in Spain after a complaint has been submitted by the aggrieved party or by the Public Prosecutor’s Office.”