The Colombian Attorney General’s Office filed an accusation against Nicolas Petroson of the president Gustavo Petrofor the crimes of illicit enrichment and money laundering. The legislator will be put on trial for the alleged illegal receipt of money, which he would have used for his father’s campaign expenses in 2022.
The Prosecutor’s Office assured that the case against Nicolás Petro has just begun, and announced that “it will inform in a timely manner about other legal measures intended to be adopted“, reported the Ansa and Europa Press news agencies.
The president’s son He was arrested at the beginning of Augustalong with his ex-wife Daysuris Vasquez, at the request of the Prosecutor’s Office. Although at that time he offered to collaborate with the investigation, today’s accusation shows that no agreement was reached.
The Prosecutor’s Office rejected the proposal for an agreement because it considered that he didn’t fulfill anything he promised about the case, unlike Vásquez, who did offer key data for the course of the investigation.
Trial against Nicolás Petro: what they accuse him of
The Prosecutor’s Office accuses Nicolas Petro37 years old, receiving millions of pesos from Samuel Santander Lopesierraalias the Marlboro Man – who was extradited and convicted of drug trafficking, in the 90s, in the United States – and by an emissary of the businessman Alfonso del Cristo Hilsaca, alias the Turkwho is currently facing several legal proceedings.
Vásquez stated that Nicolás Petro received emissaries from Lopesierra and Hilsaca in his own home in Barranquillaand that the money they gave him, in cash, was used to buy an apartment in an exclusive neighborhood of the Atlantic capital, luxury items (including shoes and watches) and pay debts.
In addition, they accused him of having used part of that money to finance his father’s presidential campaign in 2022.
He President Petro denied at all times that he was aware of his son’s operations.