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Now as OAS consultant in Colombia, Judge Baltasar Garzon can open “Pandora´s box”.

Secr. Gral. Insulza welcomes Baltasar Garzón as OAS consultant in Colombia´s peace process.

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, met with Judge Baltasar Garzón today in Washington, DC, on the jurist’s recently begun work as consultant for the Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia (MAPP/OAS). Insulza said that ” the support from a renowned jurist such as Baltasar Garzón will be of great help so the OAS may continue to follow the initiatives of the Colombian government in matters of transitional justice and restitution to victims.”

The judge will advise the MAPP/OAS in the framework of the Mission’s mandate, which establishes support for a policy of peace and the strengthening of a transitional system of justice, according to international standards of human rights, in coordination and agreement with the different partners involved in the development of these policies.

The judge’s duties include…READ MORE HERE

High-profile Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon has been authorized to consult with the Colombian government, despite there being three cases open against him in Spain.

The General Council of the Judiciary in Spain voted three to two in favor of permitting Garzon to work for one year in the OAS mission, after receiving favorable reports from the Spanish Supreme Court and the OAS’ assertion that he will “not have any immunity that affects the legal situation in Spain.”

Among other duties within his work as consultant, Garzon´s duties include  to provide advice to the colombian Government and the institutions of the Colombian State on issues regarding transitional justice that promote peace and reconciliation in the country, and to contribute to the efforts of the State to guarantee respect for human rights. One of the problems to be analyzed by Judge Garzón could be the situation of the brother of the former President Alvaro Uribe, accused of being involved with paramilitaries.

The former President’s brother Santiago Uribe has always denied any involvement with paramilitaries, with both he and Alvaro Uribe claiming the allegations to be part of a grand conspiracy to discredit their family.

However, former Colombia’s Prosecutor General Guilermo Mendoza Diago opened preliminary investigations into the matter, reviving a case that had been dead since the 1990s when prosecutors found no grounds for conviction against Santiago Uribe.

Garzon, known variously as a “crusading judge” or “superjuez” (super-judge), achieved fame through several cases pursuing notorious public figures such as Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

The judge also received a welcome appraisal from Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos upon his recent trip to Spain, who…READ MORE HERE