The Colombian government Wednesday replaced problematic Prosecutor General nominee Juan Angel Palacio on the shortlist for the position, while the other two candidates remain the same.
Minister for the Interior and Justice, Fabio Valencia, Wednesday said that President Alvaro Uribe had replaced controversial nominee Juan Angel Palacio, who withdrew his candidacy due to his alleged involvement in the attempted bribery of members of the State Council.
However, the Supreme Court decided Tuesday that all three nominees were obsolete and needed to be changed, and once again returned the shortlist to the government.
Valencia explained that after exposing the new nominee to the public for three days, the government would officially forward the shortlist to the Supreme Court for a Prosecutor General of the country to be selected, reported newspaper El Espectador.
The replacement nominee, Marco Antonio Velilla Moreno, is a lawyer at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, and creator of the first Department of Economic Law in Colombia, an authority on complex thought and part of the thinker Edgar Moran’s coterie.
Velilla is noted for his experience and jurisprudence on issues such as public services, health, industrial property, competency law, and users and consumers, among other issues.
He has also been an advocate of the Santillana Foundation for Latin America, the Superintendency of Industry and Commerce, and advisor to the President of the Republic.