The Special Justice for Peace (JEP) rejected this Friday the submission in its jurisdiction of the former mayor of Bogotá Samuel Moreno (2008-2011) because it considers that the behaviors for which he is convicted have no direct or indirect relationship with the armed conflict.RELATED
The high court also rejected the submission of Iván Moreno, younger brother of the former mayor and former senator between 2006 and 2011, because from his perspective the crimes of both “were acts of corruption aimed at increasing their economic assets, that of other public servants and that of contractors. “
The JEP Definition Room detailed that the crimes committed by the Moreno brothers did not “constitute a contribution or contribution to the general war effort of any of the illegal armed groups, nor were they aimed at obtaining a military advantage for any of them.”
The Moreno brothers requested their submission to the Special Jurisdiction for Peace on August 2, 2019 on the grounds that they wanted to contribute “to the clarification of the Colombian armed conflict, presenting some ‘lines of context’ as heirs of former President Gustavo Rojas Pinilla, who signed a peace agreement with the liberal guerrillas of his time. “
“The JEP took into account that the illicit behaviors for which they were investigated and convicted in ordinary justice have been public knowledge and, therefore, considered them notorious facts and took them into account to assess whether or not the Jurisdiction had material jurisdiction about these, “added the court.
The mother of the Moreno brothers, María Eugenia Rojas, also requested to submit to the JEP, which rejected her because “she did not find any judicial decisions or news reports that refer to her having carried out punishable conduct for cause, occasion or in direct or indirect relation with the armed conflict. “
CASES OF THE MORENO
Samuel Moreno was sentenced last October to 30 years in prison for corruption in a contract for the mass transportation system in the Colombian capital, the Prosecutor’s Office reported at the time.
That was the third sentence imposed by justice against Moreno Rojas. The first was a 24-year-old, the second 39-year-old and now the 30-year-old, all for crimes related to Bogotá’s so-called “hiring carousel” and for which there are several convicts, including his brother.
The convictions of Moreno, who is currently imprisoned in the Cavalry School in the North Canton of Bogotá and was mayor of the left-wing Polo Democrático Alternativo (PDA) party, which expelled him from their ranks in 2011, total 93 years, but Colombian legislation accepts that the maximum sentence that a convicted person can serve is 60 years.
As a result of this scandal, Moreno Rojas, who is the grandson of former Colombian Chief of State General Gustavo Rojas Pinilla (1953-1957), was suspended from office in May 2011 by the then Attorney General, Alejandro Ordóñez, and arrested in September of the same year.
For this reason, the JEP urged the Moreno to “appear before the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation where they will be able to hand over the data of other perpetrators who have not been prosecuted or have not been convicted, as well as assets and money illegally obtained. “