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DUE PROCESS IN CRIMINAL JUDGMENT  FOR HIGH DIGNITARIES-Reiteration of jurisprudence / UNIQUE INSTANCE JUDGMENTS DO NOT IMPLY DISAGREEMENT OF THE DUE PROCESS

 

Since the beginning of its jurisprudence, the Constitutional Court analyzed the question of whether the trials of a single instance, including those of a criminal nature provided for in the Political Constitution for high dignitaries of the State, imply a disregard for the right to due process. On this subject, the Court indicated that "it is not correct to affirm that the jurisdiction established in the Constitution harms its beneficiaries". For the Constitutional Court, "the Colombian legislation in this matter, conforms to international treaties." Constitutional jurisprudence has reiterated on several occasions that judging the high dignitaries of the State in proceedings of a single instance is not a situation that implies a lack of knowledge of the right to due process. It has found compatible the interpretation that in this matter has been made of articles 29 and 31 of the Constitution, with the norms of the block of constitutionality and with the pronouncements produced in the inter-American Human Rights system.