Detained, former Colombian President Uribe resigns from Senate ~ #AFP:

Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, under house arrest by order of the Supreme Court for alleged manipulation of witnesses against an opponent, has announced that he is resigning from his post as senator, which he has held since 2014.

In a letter to the Colombian congress on Tuesday, the former former head of state (2002-2010) explains his decision by the impossibility “of being able to return to the Senate” because of the proceedings against him as a parliamentarian.

Alvaro Uribe, head of the Democratic Center (in power, right) and Colombian senator who won the most votes, had previously already resigned in July 2018 when the court summoned him to appear.

He wanted to escape the jurisdiction of this jurisdiction – the only one empowered to judge parliamentarians, but which he accuses of being biased – so that the investigation falls under the responsibility of the prosecution. But he had to give up and the process had run its course.

The ex-president was placed under house arrest on August 4 by the court pending its decision to judge him or not for alleged manipulation of witnesses against left-wing Senator Ivan Cepeda. It is not certain that this time again his resignation from the Senate will allow him to dodge it.

In his letter, Alvaro Uribe denounces “the violation of eight procedural guarantees” and claims to be the victim of “illegal and malicious interceptions (…) and selective leaks (of the file) to political opponents and to journalists”.

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Source: VOA-AFP.

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