Colombians demand resignation of vice president for ties to drug trafficking
A group Colombia senators this Friday demanded the resignation of that country’s vice president, Marta Lucía Ramírez, for hiding important information such as the conviction and imprisonment of her brother, León Ramírez, accused of drug trafficking in the United States in 1997.
Iván Cepeda, from the Alternative Democratic Pole, indicated that Ramírez concealed from the country the situation of his brother and his relationship with drug trafficking, in addition to the relationships that his husband, Álvaro Rincón, had with the drug trafficker Guillermo León Acevedo Giraldo, alias ” Ghost Memo. ”
“What other issues has she silenced? It is evident that she has lost any credibility and must resign,” Cepeda said through her account on the social network Twitter.
For his part, Gustavo Petro, leader of Colombia Humana, specified that the resignation of the vice president must occur, since it has been proven that Martha Lucía Ramírez paid a bond for the release of her brother León, accused of the crime of heroin trafficking.
Likewise, Wilson Arias Castillo, from the Alternative Democratic Pole, said via Twitter: “They are drug traffickers, they live with drug traffickers, they are financed by drug traffickers, they choose drug trafficking ambassadors, they keep drug trafficking secrets and still speak of neatness and legality.”
For her part, the senator for the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force party Victoria Sandino said that Colombia faces a scandal while the vice president considers that the information revealed on Thursday by the media La Nueva Prensa is part of a series of attacks to discredit its management.
The investigation carried out by the Colombian media reports that Bernardo Ramírez Blanco, 58 years old and Ramírez’s brother, was arrested in 1997 and sentenced in the United States to four years and nine months in prison for heroin trafficking.
“When his brother had the opportunity to go free, the bail of 150 thousand dollars was paid by her (Ramírez) together with her husband, Álvaro Rincón, both of whom are entangled today due to their commercial ties with the drug trafficker Guillermo León Acevedo Giraldo, alias ‘Memo Fantasma'”, Senator Victoria Sandino pointed out.
What the vice president did for her brother 23 years ago would have been done by anyone in that situation. But for the charges she held, by not having revealed it, she committed political recklessness.