Colombia’s High Courts demand to know who ordered the country’s financial authority UIAF to investigate Supreme Court magistrates for suspected involvement illegal activities.
In a statement released by the UIAF Sunday, the financial police state that they “analyzed reports of suspicious operations of certain persons and their possible ties to others who are linked to illegal activities where some magistrates can be seen involved.”
In a reaction, the federal courts demand to know what illegal activities magistrates are suspected of and who ordered the UIAF to investigate the magistrates.
According to Constitutional Court president Nilson Pinilla, it is “completely in the dark” who has the authority to call for such investigation.
“It is very strange that an entity [the UIAF] whose purpose it is to analyze money transfers that could implicate money laundering or the financing of terrorism is being used without the competent authority to order it [the investigation],” the magistrate told Caracol Radio Monday.
Supreme Court President Augusto Ibañez told the same radio station that the financial police is trying to falsely incriminate the Supreme Court to divert attention from its own illegal activities.
The UIAF is investigated by the Prosecutor General’s Office because of its alleged involvement of the illegal monitoring of not only Supreme Court magistrates, but also journalists and opposition politicians.