An incendiary verbal exchange between Colombia's Attorney General, Francisco Barbosa, and President Gustavo Petro has escalated to threats of future investigations against the president and allegations that the Prosecutor's Office is colluding with mafias. The controversy erupted over the ongoing investigation against the director of the CTI of Buenaventura, Francisco Javier Martínez Ardila, for his alleged ties with drug traffickers.
Attorney General and President Clash
Petro publicly questioned why Martínez remained in his post despite evidence of his involvement with drug trafficking. In a defiant response, Barbosa insinuated that Petro was seeking a confrontation with the country's institutions. He warned Petro that his presidential tenure would not last forever.
Allegations Against Prosecutor's Office
Additionally, Barbosa suggested that the attacks against Deputy Prosecutor Marta Mancera were linked to the legal case against Petro's son, Nicolás Petro. The Prosecutor's Office announced the investigation of Martínez following a journalistic complaint implicating Prosecutor's Office agents in drug and arms trafficking.
Call for a National Agreement
The Prosecutor's Office also launched an internal corruption investigation. Meanwhile, Petro called for a broad national agreement to ensure institutions dissociate themselves from mafias and criminality. The ensuing controversy has generated considerable tension between the Colombian government and the Prosecutor's Office, marking the latest episode in a series of confrontations that have persisted for over a year.