Government filed the Statutory Law of JEP

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David Oliveros
Bogotá D.C.
01 Aug 2017
  • In the General Secretariat of the Senate, the Minister of the Interior, Guillermo Rivera, accompanied by the ministers of Justice and Defence, Enrique Gil and Luis Carlos Villegas, filed the most important project of this legislature that is this law that regulates what was approved in the act Legislative Assembly of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, JEP.

The Minister of the Interior explained that the guiding principles of this draft Statutory Law of JEP are temporal territorial material competence, the definition of bodies and functions, applicable law and the sanctioning regime and extradition.

This project has 154 articles and is the development of the legislative act that created the System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition. Minister Rivera said that “before the filing we heard comments from congressmen, the prosecutor and the indigenous communities”.

"The legislative act says that third parties may benefit from this system, but in cases where they have participated in crimes against humanity, recruitment of children and sexual violence, among others", Said Rivera, who said that he hopes that before September, this project will have finished its process and will be Law of the Republic.

On the responsibility of command, the minister said that "includes the responsibility of command of agents of the State and the responsibility of command of the FARC is enshrined."

"Drug trafficking behaviours will be linked to political crime as long as they have been linked to that crime”, said the head of the policy portfolio. 

In general terms, the Statutory Law of the JEP will implement what was approved in the legislative act and applies to guerrillas, State agents and members of the Public Force, respectively.

The objectives of the JEP are to protect victims' rights to truth, justice, reparation and non-repetition. It will run for ten years, once the rooms and sections begin to function, and can be extended for another five years.

The sanctions contemplated in this jurisdiction are from 5 to 8 years of effective restriction of freedom for those who accept their responsibility, alternatives (from 5 to 8 years imprisonment for those who accept responsibility before issuing judgment against them) and ordinary (From 15 to 20 years' imprisonment on ordinary terms for those who do not admit responsibility and are condemned by the Court for Peace).

The debate would begin in 15 First joint commission.

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