Colombian electoral authority ratifies fine for Petro’s son

The National Electoral Council (CNE) of Colombia ratified this Tuesday a fine imposed on deputy Nicolás Petro Burgos, son of Colombian President Gustavo Petro, for irregularities in the management of money from his campaign to the Governor of the department of Atlántico in 2019.

The ratified sanction was imposed by the CNE itself against the president’s son last December as "consequence of the partial management of the single bank account for the administration of income resources and campaign expenses to the Government of the Atlantic" in the elections held on October 27, 2019.

Petro Burgos, who obtained a seat as a deputy in the Atlantic Assembly after coming second in the elections for the Governorate, must pay a fine of 14.9 million pesos (about 3,200 dollars today).

On that occasion, the now ex-manager of the Petro Burgos campaign, Máximo José Noriega, who is currently a candidate for Governor of Atlántico, was also sanctioned for managing the resources of that campaign through several bank accounts, violating the norm that says that It must be done from one.

The eldest son of President Petro is at the center of the storm due to the revelations made earlier this month by his ex-wife Day Vásquez in an interview with Semana magazine.

Vásquez accused him of receiving from the drug trafficker Samuel Santander Lopesierra and the questioned businessman Alfonso "the Turk" He raises money for his father’s presidential campaign, which, however, never reached that destination.

Added to these complaints is another revelation made in recent weeks by Cambio magazine that Petro’s son lives in a 2,500 million-peso (about $523,000) penthouse in Barranquilla and led a lifestyle that does not correspond to his income. , with purchases of expensive jewelry and movements of large sums of money in one of their bank accounts.

Before the scandal came to light, the Colombian president published a statement in which he referred to the "information that is rumored in public opinion" about his brother Juan Fernando Petro and his eldest son, and asked the Prosecutor’s Office "carry out all the necessary investigations and determine possible responsibilities".

The president’s brother has been accused of asking prisoners for money to include them in the "total peace" of the government.


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