The Attorney General held a meeting with a team of specialized prosecutors against crime, where he assured that through the AIAMP, the region has strengthened international cooperation to combat problems that affect partner countries.

During the visit of the Attorney General Francisco Barbosa Delgado to Santiago de Chile (Chile), different meetings were held, one of them, the main one, was with the Attorney General of that country, Juan Agustín Meléndez Duplaquet, and another with a team of specialized prosecutors assigned criminal gangs issues.

As a result of the meetings, a joint investigation team between the two Public Ministries began in order to take action against those gangs that have transnational interference. All this within the framework of the spirit of collaboration of the Ibero-American Association of Public Ministries (Asociación Iberoamericana de Ministerios Públicos AIAMP).

In his speech, Prosecutor Barbosa Delgado highlighted the joint work between the countries that are part of the AIAMP and pointed out that there are still several challenges to face crime more effectively “one of the challenges we all have is to be able to establish protocols, common guidelines for criminal prosecution, to establish special investigative techniques, to coordinate our action and, of course, build joint work teams in joint operations”.

In this sense, he asked the members of the Ibero-American Association to strengthen coordinated actions between the countries: “May the AIAMP be the institution that helps each of these networks and groups to be able to manage their cooperation, to be able to work, to see what the joint purposes are, so that the Association can strengthen (…) these joint works”.

Furthermore, he stressed that the work must continue to be coordinated in the region, in the search for new strategies against crime: “We know that the work of the association, of investigative initiatives, of itinerancy within the region, of coordination between public ministries, and not only within the public ministries but also within the region with other State entities, with the police for example, (…) makes it possible for us to understand the phenomena in a more adequate way”, stated the Attorney General.

He specified that one of those phenomena is migrant smuggling: “I think migrant smuggling has been one of the crimes that has concerned the entire region, where all countries are involved. We are talking about Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, towards Ecuador, towards Colombia, Panama with the Tapón del Darién, which has been one of the great crossing points towards Central America”.

He also highlighted AIAMP’s work  to consolidate support between countries that allow sharing the problems that affect them, “these types of initiatives strengthen our ties, and of course, strengthen this network, which in my opinion is the most important to the extent that it involves the organization’s work and dialogue tools for international cooperation”, concluded prosecutor Barbosa Delgado.

The Office of the Attorney General makes this information public for reasons of general interest.

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The information contained in this press release corresponds to the narration of the objective news provided by the officials in charge of carrying out criminal investigations within the Office of the Attorney General. By the time this communication is disclosed, the legal status of the people mentioned is still pending to be resolved by the competent judicial authority, always under the presumption of innocence contemplated by Article 29 of the Political Constitution and Article 7 of Law 906 of 2004.