Colombia’s Attorney General’s Office refuses to take part in the UN’s
‘Program for Strengthening Justice in Colombia’, claiming the
Government’s part in the program would threaten its independence.
Both the UN Development Program (UNDP) and Colombia’s national government are in favor of the program, but Attorney General Edgardo Jose Maya Villazon says the Government would be in between the UN and the Attorney General’s Office, allowing it to influence the judicial cooperation.
In a letter to the UNDP, Maya expresses his disagreement with “the design of the chosen model, because it hasn’t taken the autonomity and independence of the Public Ministry into account, something that’s essential to the nature of supreme organ of control that has the General Attorney’s Office,” Maya wrote.