In the afternoon of this May 27, the nation’s Attorney General, Francisco Barbosa, referred to the recent complaints made in Semana, involving Laura Sarabia, Chief of Staff to President Gustavo Petro.
Laura Sarabia case: Prosecutor refers to Barbosa investigation
Barbosa clarified that at the moment two investigations are being carried out: the first is about the loss of money, a case reported to the prosecutor’s office; and handed over by the nanny of Laura Sarabia’s son, who assured that she was held at the Palacio de Nariño, where she was irregularly subjected to a polygraph.
In this regard, the prosecutor first pointed out that the investigative unit is already protecting this person and the investigation has already been opened. He stressed that the only entity in Colombia with the capacity to investigate is the nation’s attorney general’s office.
The only institution in this country that can carry out investigative procedures on acts that constitute a crime is the nation’s Attorney General’s office.
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Additionally, he indicated that he would not refer to the statement issued in the Casa de Nariño case “because it has no validity before the judicial process,” as well as the alleged polygraph test conducted on a woman accused of robbery.
“The attorney general’s office has never issued an order to practice anything that has been condemned. That, if it was done – which has to be part of the process – outside the orbit of the prosecutor’s office was done,” Barbosa insisted.
The Presidency rejects versions of “abuse of power” in the case of Laura Sarabia
The Presidency of the Republic issued a statement in which they referred to the case of the chief of staff:
“We reject the versions of alleged abuse of power, misuse of public resources and ill-treatment of defenseless people. The procedures in the offices of the Headquarters for Presidential Security were made visible, duly identified and organized in the same place many years ago.
– Colombian Presidency (@infopresidencia) May 27, 2023