Colombian congressmen ask for a sanction against the Minister of Defense, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, for allowing the presence of United States troops in Colombia.
A group of 22 opposition parliamentarians asked the Public Ministry for a disciplinary measure, specifically removal from office, against the Minister of Defense, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, for alleged “violation of his duty as a public servant to act in accordance with the Constitution.” by authorizing the presence of the United States Army in Colombia.
“At the insistence of the Minister of Defense, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, to violate the Political Constitution of Colombia to allow the presence of war troops of the US Army in the national territory, 22 opposition congressmen filed a disciplinary complaint against that official on the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation ”, reported on Wednesday the senator of the Polo Democrático party Jorge Robledo, who leads the initiative.
Colombia enters institutional crisis, defense minister at risk of arrest
Trujillo refused to apologize for police brutality used in failed attempts to quell anti-government protests in November within the 48-hour deadline given by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Duque on Wednesday supported his defense minister’s decision to appeal this decision before the Constitutional Court, which does not relieve the minister of his obligation to comply with Supreme Court orders.
According to former magistrate Ivan Velasquez, the Supreme Court is obliged to order Trujillo’s arrest for contempt, leaving “a dignified Congress” with no option but to remove the minister.
I demand that President Ivan Duque either apologize to Carlos Holmes Trujullo or remove him from office. He has to comply with the law and court orders.Senator Jorge Robledo
How did Colombia get here?
Trujillo was already under fire over the Bogota Massacre during which police allegedly murdered at least 14 people in the capital and the neighboring city of Soacha after indiscriminately opening fire during protests.
In response to deadly police brutality during anti-government protests in November last year, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Trujillo, among other things, to publicly apologize within 48 hours.
The defense minister failed to do so, claiming that he would ask the Constitutional Court to revise the ruling.
The Bogota Massacre spurred the organizers of last year’s protests to call a new national strike on Monday and more strike days and marches in October and November.
Friend of Pablo Escobar Gaviria
Carlos Holmes Trujillo, although he continues to deny that he was a friend of the well-known drug trafficker Pablo Escobar, the video we show leaves him in complete evidence. Colombia’s undoubtedly a narco-state.