The special prosecutor investigating the husband of Colombia’s Prosecutor General has asked to be pulled from the case, due to concerns over the accused’s guerrilla past, reports Radio Caracol.
Special prosecutor Rodrigo Aldana is the son of former Supreme Court Judge Luis Enrique Aldana, who was present at the 1985 taking of the Palace of Justice, in which M-19 guerrillas killed 11 judges. According to Aldana, although his father survived the siege, he died the following year due to the stress of Mafia pressure to abolish extradition.
Carlos Alonso Lucio, the husband of Prosecutor General Vivian Morales, is currently being investigated for his controversial role in disarming paramilitary groups in 2004. Lucio is a known former M-19 guerrilla.
The calls for investigation into Lucio’s role in paramilitary disarmament have come in the wake of the prosecutor general’s announcement that criminal proceedings will be brought against Colombia’s former peace commissioner Luis Carlos Restrepo.
Restrepo responded to the announcement with the allegations against Morales’ husband, detailed in a letter he sent to the prosecutor general on Monday.
Director of Public Prosecutions Nestor Armando has accepted Aldana’s petition, announcing that he will appoint a new prosecutor to investigate the case.