Former Colombian President and current Senator, Álvaro Uribe, announced Tuesday that he would resign his Senate seat amid controversy over the case against him for alleged witness manipulation and procedural fraud.
In a letter to the Chamber President, Arturo Char Chaljud, to which the newspaper “El Tiempo” had access, Uribe alluded to the house arrest imposed on him, a measure that “violated eight procedural guarantees” “for the former Presidents experience irregular events in their Supreme Court trial that “nullify any expectation of a return to the Senate.”
With this in mind, he has indicated that Colombia needs a “judicial reform” that “depoliticizes it by changing the system of electing judges”. “They should come to court at a ripe old age (…) after they have cemented their bond with justice and have been there for a long time, instead of using the swivel chair for business or politics,” he said.
The former Colombian president has started more than fifty lawsuits against him for various crimes. The above-mentioned process began when the now senator launched an action against left-wing lawmaker Iván Cepeda, accusing him of alleged links to paramilitary groups.