The president, Gustavo Petro, and the nation’s attorney general, Francisco Barbosa, met at the Casa de Nariño to discuss the objections that the accusing body has filed against the bill for submission to justice. During that meeting, which lasted three hours, the president was accompanied by the Minister of Justice, Néstor Osuna, and the chief of staff, Laura Sarabia.
In the Casa de Nariño, President Gustavo Petro met with Attorney General Francisco Barbosa. The main topic of the meeting was the doubts that the head of the investigative body has about the “total peace” initiative, the backbone of the Government.
On the other hand, doubts related to the fight against drug trafficking, the subjugation of armed groups and penitentiary humanization were also mainly addressed.
After the meeting, the Presidency reiterated its version that the articles of subjection to justice “It has the firm objective of forcefully confronting the actions of drug trafficking and, also, protecting growers, who are the weakest link in the chain.”
According to prosecutor Barbosa, Petro accepted the proposal that only the benefits for small growers be taken into account in the presentation of the submission law. “The conclusion was reached that it is necessary to delimit this project in relation to the fact that the Prosecutor’s Office is going to make the collective submission, but leave it much more restrictive in relation to the procedures to see if we have a general framework and that general framework has some developments”, the prosecutor maintained at the end of the meeting.
On the other hand, the Presidency maintained that the prosecutor’s doubts about the text of the subjugation law were addressed at the meeting, questions that arose after Barbosa warned two weeks ago, within the framework of an international forum in the Dominican Republic, that that document would be seeking the legalization of the drug trafficking chain.
“I feel very comfortable with what will be reached in the presentation. What is agreed is that there is no benefit to importers, nor to sellers nor to producers of narcotic drugs”, Barbosa explained at the end of the procedure with President Petro.
Similarly, the Casa de Nariño affirmed that the parties will strengthen collaboration in terms of interdiction operations and that they will continue the weekly work tables with the Prosecutor’s Office and the Public Force whose objective is to consolidate the figures for the seizure of illegal drugs.
In this meeting they also addressed the non-decriminalization of incest and lack of food assistance, a proposal that the Government had put on the table in recent weeks, but aroused objections from a sector of the citizenry. In addition, they agreed to monitor the arrest warrants of the murderers of those reinstated.
At the end of the meeting with Petro (the third in three months), the prosecutor ruled that he is not in opposition to the Executive, but that he is fulfilling his constitutional duties: “What we are doing is being proactive with the country. Those who have been raising ideas that the prosecutor became a person of the opposition are wrong, fulfilling constitutional functions is not political participation “. ended.