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Colombia's chief prosecutor resigns after adverse verdict

English.news.cn   2012-03-03 08:08:44            

BOGOTA, March 2 (Xinhua) -- Colombia's chief prosecutor Vivianne Morales on Friday resigned after a decision to unseat her by the country's Council of State because they considered her 2010 election in the Supreme Court to be void.

"The State Council's decision inevitably weakened my duty. So I will address my irrevocable resign to the Attorney General post before the Supreme Court of Justice," said Morales.

Morales, who held the second most important post in Colombia just after the president, was elected as chief prosecutor by the Supreme Court in the end of 2010. However, the Council of State on Tuesday declared Morales' election as void because she did not get the required number of votes.

According to the Council of State, Morales did not get the required two-thirds vote in the election. She won 14 votes in the Supreme Court which should has 23 judges but only 18 at that time.

In her first statement after the verdict was known, Morales said that during the year she occupied the post, she "defeated the myth" that there were "untouchable" people in Colombia.

Led by Morales, Colombia's Attorney General's Office investigated several former officials, most of them are from former President Alvaro Uribe's government (2002-2010), due to cases of illegal spying and corruption.

After Morales' resignation, Wilson Martinez, the Vice Attorney General, will occupy the position until the Supreme Court holds an election. 

Editor: Deng Shasha
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