Interior Minister Faces Probe for Alleged Internet Service in Exchange for Participation in September 27 March
This Wednesday, the Prosecutor General’s Office initiated a preliminary investigation into allegations of irregularities involving officials from the Ministry of the Interior ahead of the marches scheduled for September 27. These accusations suggest that the Ministry may have offered internet services to the Community Action Boards (JAC) of Cundinamarca in exchange for their participation in the citizen mobilizations scheduled for today.
These events are under scrutiny following media reports that have highlighted meetings between ministry personnel and certain leaders of the JAC. The purpose of these summits was reportedly to finalize the delivery of internet projects, which would also benefit some rural communities. If proven true, these allegations could expose a serious breach of governmental protocol and ethical standards.
Focus on Establishing Facts
The Attorney General’s Office is primarily focused on establishing the facts that could have been deployed by the officials of the Interior Ministry. This investigation is crucial as the alleged actions are prohibited under the General Disciplinary Code. The primary intention of the investigation is to establish the behavior of the officials involved and decide whether or not there was irregular action. At the moment, the practice of tests has been ordered to gather further evidence.
If the allegations are proven to be true, this inquiry could lead to serious implications for the implicated officials, potentially including disciplinary action or even legal proceedings. It could also lead to a wider examination of the practices within the Interior Ministry, sparking calls for increased transparency and accountability.
Prosecutor Urges Minister to Prevent Electoral Campaigning in Government-Organized September 27 Marches
In recent days, Prosecutor Margarita Cabello Blanco voiced her concerns and urged Minister of the Interior, Luis Fernando Velasco, to ensure that the government-organized marches on September 27 do not become platforms for promoting electoral candidacies.
During the National Commission for the Coordination and Monitoring of Electoral Processes in Cali, the attorney emphasized that various political organizations, candidates, and citizens had expressed worries about the potential exploitation of some marches by electoral candidates. Cabello reminded attendees that jurisprudence broadly defines political participation as any action that creates a perception of alliances or support that could disrupt the electoral competition. This caution is grounded in statements from the Council of State and aims to uphold electoral fairness.
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