Ivan Duque: Colombian president placed under house arrest for contempt of court
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A verdict considered “unprecedented” has opened a new political and judicial debate in Colombia.
The High Court of the Judicial District of Ibagu, a city in the west of the country, issued an order. Home Guard Order Against the President Evan DukeHe is accused of violating a court order ordering the protection of natural reserves in 2020.
The verdict, issued by local media this Saturday, ordered the president to stay at his home for five days and, in addition, to pay a 15-month minimum wage (approximately US $ 4,000).
Duke is said to have disobeyed the sentence Supreme CourtIt was declared “subject to rights” Los Nevados National Nature ParkLocated in the central coffee area of the Colombian Andes.
The verdict was established that the President was the legal representative of the area, so it fell to him to form a committee for its protection.
Duke, who was in the Crdoba field this Saturday, said his administration would comply with the Supreme Court ruling. But he alleges that an additional house arrest order has been issued “Unconstitutional”.
“Today we saw an act that, first of all, is indescribable because it seeks to go beyond constitutional jurisdiction, which is said to be inconsistent with the sentence that was allegedly ordered to arrest the President. That sentence contains too much service and statements,” he said in statements collected by the newspaper. Time.
Duke listed the judicial order as “policy” of an “arbitrary” nature and urged his country’s Judicial Disciplinary Council to take action.
Experts quoted by the Colombian press point out that the president The Constitution is protected by jurisdiction, So it is unlikely he will comply with the arrest. Similarly, J. in ColombiaThe removal of the president is up to the legislature.
The arrest warrant comes two weeks before the second round of the June 19 presidential election.
Doug will not be able to take part in the election because he is barred from re-election to the highest office in the country, Colombia.
Sentence of the Supreme Court
The Duke government had one year to implement a plan to preserve the Los Nevados National Park.
The court considered this a natural habitat “Subject to the rights of life, health and the environment”.
In addition to the president, the company that runs the country’s nature parks, as well as the departments of Caldas, Quintio, Resaralda and Dolima, must comply with the order.
Together they had to develop a plan to “restore, maintain and preserve the Nevados National Park.”
An assigned president was also obliged Police or military force To protect the area.
According to the newspaper, the president says TimeHis government appointed a “representative” to comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling.
In addition, task schedules have been conducted that “in the capitals of the departments concerned with compliance with the rule, the protected area and even the follow-up matrix were drawn”.
Located in the center of the country between several departments, the park is made up of five snow-capped peaks: Ruiz, Dolima, Cisne, Santa Isabel and Quintio.
The protected area, created in 1974, includes the Moorland and Forest Ecosystems and three volcanoes.
It has more than 100 micro-basins that supply waterways, lakes, ponds, dams and groundwater, according to EFE.
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