In the coming days, the discussion on the “total peace” law will take place in Colombia’s Constitutional Court. This law, promoted by President Gustavo Petro, seeks to establish the legal basis for talks with the main armed and narco-paramilitary groups in the country.
According to local media reports, Magistrate Jorge Enrique Ibáñez presented the bill before the court last Monday night. However, it is expected that there will be no debate or ruling during the rest of June, as reported by El Espectador.
Ibáñez’s intention is to annul this law, arguing that there were “procedural flaws,” such as the failure to request a “prior non-binding concept” from the Superior Council of Criminal Policy, a state advisory body in charge of evaluating bills related to this issue, as explained by Contagio Radio.
Although no specific details have been given, it is known that to revoke this norm, five of the nine votes of the members of the Court are required, as mentioned in El Colombiano.
In view of this situation, Senator Iván Cepeda stated in his Twitter account that he will abide by the decision on the total peace law, despite disagreeing with the formal arguments presented by Judge Ibáñez.