Castellanos’ defense can appeal the ruling in the second instance. Colpress.
The Supreme Court ruled against the former magistrate of the Justice and Peace Chamber of the Superior Court of Bogotá, Eduardo Castellanos Roso, who must serve a prison sentence of eight years and four months.
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Also, you must pay a fine equivalent to 625 current legal monthly minimum wages, in addition to being disqualified from exercising public rights and functions.
“The Chamber issued this first instance sentence after it was shown in the trial that, between 2013 and 2016, Castellanos Roso received gifts given to him by Miguel Ángel’s defender Melchor Mejía Múnera, known by the alias ‘El Mellizo’, who was postulated before the Justice and Peace system”, they stated from the Supreme Court in the press release.
The court, headed by magistrate Blanca Nélida Barreto, determined that Castellanos accepted a bribe to favor Miguel Ángel Melchor Mejía Múnera, known by the alias El Mellizo during the investigation carried out by Justice and Peace. The then magistrate Castellanos gave the demobilized privileged information, likewise delayed the exclusion process, where the former magistrate served as a speaker.
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In assessing the fine, the Chamber considered the relevance of transitional justice in the Colombian context. In this regard, they referred: “humanitarian alternative to resolve conflicts with the greatest impact on societies affected by severe, systematic and permanent acts of violence.”
His capacity as a judge in the transitional system would aggravate the facts, since these judicial officials, for which reason their judges and magistrates, acquire a special commitment to the citizenry, and high legal and ethical conditions are expected of them.
“The work of the judge is essential to achieve the recomposition of a society affected by the conflict, so that the frustration of these very high expectations due to the incursion into crime is devastating,” the statement underlines.
The ruling determined that between 2013 and 2016 Castellanos received $50,000 from the lawyer Marco Tulio Quintero Cano. Office of the Attorney General of the Nation.
There was also a process against the defendant for the crime of revealing a secret, however, the Chamber declared the preclusion of this crime due to the absence of a complaint.
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Eduardo Castellanos Roso took office as magistrate on June 8, 2006. The ruling determined that between 2013 and 2016 Castellanos received $50,000 from lawyer Marco Tulio Quintero Cano. The payment would have been made in three disbursements, the first for the amount of 20 thousand dollars and the last for 10 thousand.
In 2018, during the investigation carried out by the Prosecutor for corruption in Justice and Peace, the lawyer Quintero was called for questioning. Situation that led him to warn Castellanos and request the payment of money in exchange for his silence. Initially, he demanded $3,000 from the magistrate, a sum that rose to $10,000.
Part of the repertoire of evidence presented by the Prosecutor’s Office includes: text messages between Quintero and Castellanos, as well as recordings of face-to-face meetings held in Bogotá and Villavicencio.
Castellanos Roso was released in 2021 due to expiration of terms, the Full Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice had already determined in January 2022 that the former magistrate could not return to his public office.
This in response to a letter delivered by the defendant sent that same month where he requested to return to his position. “In that order, with all restraint, I express that from this date I resume my functions as magistrate of the Chamber of Justice and Peace of the Superior Court of Bogotá.”
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