Colombia's President's Son Arrested in Money Laundering Investigation
Should the Biden crime family consider this a sign of what's ahead? Colombian police apprehended the son of the country's president as part of a high-profile investigation into money laundering. The probe focuses on funds he allegedly received from convicted drug traffickers during last year's presidential campaign.
President Gustavo Petro, known for his anti-corruption stance and background as a former rebel, expressed his commitment to not interfere with the ongoing investigation. In a statement on the social media platform X, he acknowledged the pain of witnessing his son facing legal consequences. As the president, he assured the chief prosecutor's office of providing all necessary support to ensure a lawful process.
The arrest of Nicolas Petro deals a significant blow to the government, which has faced constant conservative criticism since its inception. Additionally, the administration has been striving to maintain bipartisan support for Colombia in the United States, a crucial ally in the fight against drug trafficking and illegal armed groups.
The investigation was initiated following revelations made by Nicolas Petro's ex-wife, Daysuris del Carmen Vasquez, in an interview with local media outlet Semana earlier this year. Vasquez disclosed her presence at meetings where her husband allegedly arranged a donation of over 600 million pesos (approximately $150,000) from a politician previously convicted of drug trafficking in Washington. The politician sought support from the Petro campaign to revive his political career.
Vasquez claimed that President Petro was unaware of his son's activities, and the money collected in the campaign's name was stored in a safe at their residence in the coastal city of Barranquilla.
Nicolas Petro has vehemently denied his ex-wife's allegations, considering them baseless.
The chief prosecutor's office confirmed the arrest of Nicolas Petro and his ex-wife, which was carried out based on a court order in Bogota early Saturday morning. The office intends to request their provisional detention as it continues investigating them for money laundering.