BOGOTA (Reuters) – A courtroom in Colombia has ordered President Ivan Duque to be fined and positioned below home arrest for 5 days, it stated on Saturday, citing the Andean nation’s chief failure to adjust to a earlier ruling that demanded he shield a nationwide park.
Experts say the order by the courtroom in Ibague, the capital metropolis of Colombia’s Tolima province, has no probability of being carried out. Colombia’s president can solely be accused and investigated by a particular legislative fee, and may solely be tried by the nation’s congress.
Duque was discovered to be in contempt of courtroom for failing to enact measures to guard the Los Nevados nationwide park as ordered by Colombia’s Supreme Court in 2020, the superior courtroom of Ibague stated in an announcement explaining its ruling.
The courtroom additionally imposed a positive on the president of roughly $4,000 and ordered that he create a particular unit of police or navy members to assist perform conservation work on the park.
The president insisted his authorities has protected Colombia’s pure parks and complied with the courtroom order to preserve the Los Nevados nationwide park.
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“We’ve seen an inexplicable preliminary ruling,” Duque stated in a video shared on social media, calling the courtroom resolution unconstitutional and insisting that the Supreme Court’s order had already been carried out.
Evidence demonstrating Duque’s compliance with the Supreme Court’s order was despatched to the courtroom in Ibague however was ignored, Justice Minister Wilson Ruiz stated in a video assertion despatched to journalists.
(Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta and Oliver Griffin; Editing by David Gregorio)
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