The Colombian Constitutional Court on Thursday prohibited Congress from continuing its videoconferencing sessions as long as the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic persists, and urged members of the Senate and House of Representatives to reoccupy seats.
The decision was adopted with five votes in favor and four against, after taking into account that Article 12 of Decree 491, signed on March 28, which allowed state officials to virtually follow the meetings, was inconsistent . to the constitution of the country.
According to the High Court, its decision was made “without prejudice” to the health of its representatives and senators, and the guarantees that “ensure the protection of all the people who make up the Republic Congress and its organs from officials and employees” have been met.
The ruling by the Constitutional Court, which does not affect what has been approved by the cameras so far – like the life sentence for murderers and rapists of minors – has ruled that representatives and senators will have to re-seat their seats from July 20, the notes Newspaper “El Espectador”.