The president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, affirmed this Saturday that “he will not intervene or pressure” the decisions of the Prosecutor’s Office after the capture of his son Nicolás, investigated for the possible crime of money laundering and illicit enrichment.
“As a person and a father, so much self-destruction and the fact that one of my children goes to jail hurts me a lot; as President of the Republic, I assure you that the Prosecutor’s Office will have all the guarantees on my part to proceed in accordance with the law,” said the president. on his Twitter account.
Nicolás Petro, deputy of the Assembly of the department of Atlántico, was arrested along with his ex-wife daysuris vasquezwho at the beginning of the year accused him of receiving from a drug trafficker a large sum of money for the campaign of today’s president and keep that money. The Prosecutor’s Office reported that the arrests took place “today, July 29, 2023, around 06:00 (11:00 GMT), in compliance with the provisions of the 16th Municipal Criminal Court with the Function of Guarantee Control of Bogotá”.
“I wish my son luck and strength. May these events forge his character and may he reflect on his own mistakes. As I stated before the attorney general, I will not intervene or pressure his decisions; may the law freely guide the process,” added the president Colombian after the news.
The detainees will be placed at the disposal of a criminal judge and a restrictive measure of freedom will be requested. On March 21, the Prosecutor’s Office announced that it was criminally investigating Nicolás Petro for his alleged meetings with drug traffickers in prison and for “possible money laundering” after his ex-wife assured in an interview with the magazine Week than the drug dealer Samuel Santander Lopesierraalias the marlboro mangave him “more than 600 million pesos (about 153,000 dollars today) for the father’s campaign.”