Colombian prosecutors will establish whether there were any irregularities in the March election of new Prosecutor General, Luis Eduardo Montealegre.
Arguing that there were procedural flaws in the voting process and election, lawsuits were filed before the Supreme Court seeking the suspension of Montealegre, reported local media.
The former lawyer worked closely with former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. He was instrumental in convincing congressmen to vote in a referendum deciding whether Uribe should be reelected, after an opposition lawmaker threatened to sue them on the basis that his election was unconstitutional.
Montealegre said shortly before his election that, if his bid was successful, he would focus on human rights issues and that the first initiative he would present to congress would be a law extending human rights protections.
“I believe one of the greatest failings of the Colombian penal code is that it does not incorporate the advances of modern international rights law,” he told the Supreme Court.
According to the lawsuit, Montealegre should be immediately suspended from his duties as Prosecutor General until the courts make their decision.