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  • Updated: December 14, 2023

Colombian President Petro, faces probe over alleged campaign finance irregularities

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Colombian President Gustavo Petro

A Colombian congressional committee has initiated a preliminary investigation into President Gustavo Petro, focusing on accusations of irregularities in the financing of his election campaign.

The Commission of Investigation and Accusation, vested with judicial functions regarding complaints against the president, made this decision following revelations of suspected campaign finance improprieties, particularly involving Petro's son.

Prosecutors initially charged Nicolás Petro, the president's son, with receiving unjustified funds, allegedly not from his official earnings as a deputy from Athletico.

As the investigation progressed, prosecutors claimed that a portion of these irregular funds had found their way into Gustavo Petro's 2022 presidential campaign.

Despite Nicolás Petro's initial commitment to cooperate, he later withdrew, raising legal complexities in the ongoing investigation.

The Congressional Commission of Investigation and Accusation emphasized the need for additional evidence to elucidate the facts.

However, it remains uncertain whether the committee plans to exercise its powers to summon President Petro for testimony.

If the committee establishes the president's involvement in wrongdoing, its 16 members would decide on filing a bill of impeachment in the full House of Representatives.

Subsequently, if the House concurs, the case would proceed to the Senate for a trial, potentially resulting in the removal of President Gustavo Petro from office.

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