Monday, July 27, 2015

Military justice changes in Colombia

El Tiempo reports (rough translation):
Within months Colombia will have a prosecutor and Technical Investigations Corps (CTI) dedicated exclusively to military and police criminal justice, with the possibility that non-uniformed civilians will be involved in some of these charges.

President Juan Manuel Santos has just approved a law that shakes up the structure of this jurisdiction and, among other things, makes it an autonomous body that does not depend on hierarchical institutional control, and which -- at least in theory -- seeks to ensure independence in carrying out investigations.

The intent of this rule, which is already part of the law, is to ensure that the military justice system's procedures work and, somehow, to turn the page on the scandals that have occurred.

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