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Shocking Revelation: Colombia’s President Reveals Son’s Arrest on Money Laundering Charges

Colombian President Gustavo Petro announced on Saturday that his son, Nicolas, had been arrested on charges of money laundering and illicit enrichment. The arrest is related to a scandal involving Petro’s election campaign. The president stated on Twitter, now rebranded as X, that his son and his ex-wife, Daysuris Vasquez, were arrested by the police.

Earlier this year, Vasquez accused Nicolas Petro of receiving large sums of money from drug traffickers and smugglers in 2022 for his father’s presidential campaign. However, she claimed that instead of using the funds for the campaign, Nicolas used them to live a luxurious lifestyle in the city of Barranquilla.

Petro expressed his well wishes to his son and emphasized the need for him to grow through this experience and reflect on his mistakes. As a father, Petro admitted that witnessing self-destruction was painful.

Prosecutors officially confirmed the arrest of Nicolas Petro on charges of money laundering and illicit enrichment. Vasquez was also charged with the same offenses.

President Petro has consistently denied allegations of receiving money from influential cocaine traffickers since the scandal emerged. In fact, he personally requested an investigation into his son’s activities.

Nicolas Petro previously served as a legislator for his father’s political party in the northern Atlantic department. News outlets revealed bank records indicating that his wealth surpassed what would be expected from his congressional salary.

In an interview, Vasquez disclosed that her former husband had received around $124,000 from a former drug trafficker named Samuel Santander Lopesierra. Santander Lopesierra had served an 18-year sentence in the United States for drug trafficking.

(Source: AFP)

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