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Colombia: Magistrate’s Resignation a Loss for Justice

The announced resignation of the auxiliary Supreme Court magistrate Iván Velásquez represents a major loss for Colombia’s justice system, Human Rights Watch said today. Velásquez’s resignation, effective September 30, 2012, followed the sudden decision by the criminal chamber of the Supreme Court to remove him as coordinator of investigations into ties between right-wing paramilitary groups and members of Congress, known as the “parapolitics” investigations. The announced resignation of the auxiliary Supreme Court magistrate Iván Velásquez represents a major loss for Colombia’s…

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