Fri. Nov 27th, 2020
    The Commission of Accusation of the House of Representatives (lower house) opened a preliminary investigation against the president of Colombia, Iván Duque, for the statements of former congresswoman Aída Merlano, imprisoned in Venezuela, according to which politicians bought votes that favored him to win The presidency.
    "We have made the decision to open an investigation" after receiving the complaint of the representative to the Chamber David Racero, of the Decent opposition movement, against Duke, the president of the Accusation Commission, John Jairo Cárdenas, told reporters.
    Cárdenas explained that for the investigation, the first one opened to Duque, Congressmen Edward Rodríguez (Democratic Center), Andrés Calle (Liberal Party) and Wilmer Leal (Green Party) were appointed, who will officiate “as investigators of the process”.
    "From this moment on they are vested with the powers conferred on them by the Constitution and the Law to advance everything pertinent in the development of this investigation," Cárdenas said.
    The Commission, which is responsible for investigating those who enjoy jurisdiction, is made up of politicians from various parties, and although it has opened cases against several presidents or former presidents, it has never condemned anyone.
    The decision of the Commission has its origin in a complaint filed days ago by Racero and seeks to find out if Merlano's statements are actually held.
    Racero asks to inquire whether or not the head of state is responsible for the alleged crimes of constricting the voter, electoral fraud, corruption and vote traffic.