Vice President Colombia asks to investigate if there was negligence in police violation

Vice President Colombia asks to investigate if there was negligence in police violation

The vice president of Colombia, Marta Lucia Ramirez, today asked the Attorney General to investigate whether there was negligence of the police or members of that institution in the face of the alleged violation of which a lieutenant was victim by a superior.

"It is necessary that this investigation be carried out with a special orientation towards the protection of the victim, including whether negligent attitudes, tolerance or coexistence could have existed within the institution," Ramírez said in a letter to the attorney general, Fernando Carrillo.

The vice president added that it should also be investigated if members of the police knew the case and refrained from denouncing or developing an investigation.

Ramírez referred to the complaint filed last Friday by Lt. Kelly Sierra, who said she was raped on November 23 during a party at a police headquarters in Valledupar, capital of the department of Cesar, in the north of the country.

The lieutenant denounced that Captain Eduardo Merchán Prieto, who was captured today in the Caribbean department of La Guajira, abused her sexually during the party that took place at the pool and the officers' casino.

"He takes me by the hand and dragged me, I was put to a bed, I started to struggle with him, he runs my bathing suit and he starts to access me," denounced Noticias Uno the lieutenant, who pointed out that "she is alone" because to the Police the "only thing that worries him is the scandal".

Given the fact, the Colombian Attorney General's Office announced yesterday that it will investigate the alleged violation, for which it will visit the Cesar command and asked for a list of the captains who participated in the end of the year party on November 23 and 24 and on the assignments of the rooms.

Similarly, Ramírez said that respect for human dignity "should be a superior guideline" and added that the country can not tolerate more acts of disrespect and abuse against women, "less when they come from the State entities themselves."

"Cases such as the one questioned the essential value of the Rule of Law that we must defend, the deviation of the right, the ignorance of human dignity, the disrespect of women and the abuse of authority, reduce credibility and confidence in our institutions", said the vice president.


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