Captain of the Inpec was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his participation in the escape of Aida Merlano

Colombia’s former senator Aida Merlano takes part in a hearing in a court in Caracas, Venezuela February 6, 2020. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

After more than two years of the escape of the former congresswoman Aida Merlano, the case that was unleashed in the Colombian justice before the responsibilities that allowed the condemned woman to escape from the authorities continues to give results. This Tuesday, November 2, a judge He condemned David Alexander Álvarez Cárdenas for his participation in the flight from Colombian politics.

Álvarez was, by the date Merlano escaped, Inpec captain and, for the crimes of prevarication by action and favoring the escape of prisoners, this former official will have to pass 15 years in prisonThis was established by the judge, because he did not consider that the man met the requirements to access the benefits of house for jail.

It should be remembered that on October 1, 2019, the date on which Aida Merlano escaped by throwing herself from the window of a medical office, she was condemned and had received permission to go to a dental appointment, permission that was granted by Captain Álvarez.

Moment in which the former congresswoman Aida Merlano escapes.
Moment in which the former congresswoman Aida Merlano escapes.

According to the investigation that was initiated against the captain of the Inpec, this man He knew of the ex-congresswoman’s escape plan and, in fact, he was the one who ordered that Merlano only be guarded by an Inpec guard and a driver, which facilitated their escape. The appointment took place in a medical center north of Bogotá with the professional Javier Guillermo Cely, where Merlano had an appointment for a smile design.

After sentencing him to 15 years in prison, the 57th Bogotá court ordered the immediate capture of the Captain David Alexander Álvarez Cárdenas for his knowledge and participation in the escape of the woman who was paying a sentence of 15 years in prison for buying votes for the 2018 elections.

In addition, the judge also certified copies to the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation to continue with other investigations to other officials of the Inpec and the El Buen Pastor prison, where the former congresswoman was being held, whose names were mentioned in the trial by, apparently, also having known and participated in his escape.

David Alexander Álvarez Cárdenas, captain of the Inpec who participated in the escape of Aida Merlano.  Private file
David Alexander Álvarez Cárdenas, captain of the Inpec who participated in the escape of Aida Merlano. Private file

The case against Captain David Alexander Álvarez began after the escape of the former congresswoman, as the authorities considered him a key part of the investigation. In fact, He was arrested on October 10 of that year, for his alleged participation.

For the authorities, they highlighted situations such as that the official returned before his vacation time, which ran from October 1 to 30, just to sign the administrative acts that authorized Aida Merlano to attend the dental appointment from which he escaped. .

In addition, the testimony of Neftaly Rojas, overseer of the national penitentiary system, who at the time told Noticias Uno that Álvarez received two gifts from Merlano to convince him to help with his escape, a Rolex watch and an apartment in Barranquilla.

It should be remembered that, after her escape, Aida Merlano was recaptured on January 28, 2020 in the city of Maracaibo, in the state of Zulia, and remains a fugitive from Colombian justice in the neighboring country.

In the courts of Paloquemao the hearing to formulate the accusation is held against the daughter of Aida Merlado.  Aida Victoria Merlano Manzaneda.  (Colprensa - Camila Díaz)
In the courts of Paloquemao the hearing to formulate the accusation is held against the daughter of Aida Merlado. Aida Victoria Merlano Manzaneda. (Colprensa – Camila Díaz)

In this case, it was not only pending to define the responsibility of the Inpec official. Currently, cases are also advancing against the dentist Javier Guillermo Cely and the influencer and daughter of the former congresswoman, Aida Victoria Merlano, to define your responsibilities in the escape.

Although both the health professional and the daughter of politics have insisted on their innocence in the woman’s escape, The Prosecutor’s Office continues to point out that both would have facilitated the escape of Aida Merlano from the office window, where minutes before escaping, politics was with her daughter.

According to the Prosecutor’s Office, Merlano left the detention center where he remained without any of the elements that were later found in the office and with which he was able to escape.

The prosecutor in the case told the judge that the influencer He supplied his mother with items to facilitate the escape and a cell phone, likewise, he said that the young woman was aware of the escape. He also added that they instrumentalized his brother, a minor, to participate in those events.

Regarding the dentist, for the prosecuting body this was decisive, since it allowed the space in which the escape took place and allowed the rope with which the former congresswoman escaped to be located.

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