Paraguayan Supreme Court receives unconstitutional appeal on Lugo’s removal
The Paraguayan Supreme Court accepted on Wednesday an unconstitutional appeal against the removal of President Fernando Lugo which requests the annulment of the political impeachment undertaken and voted by Congress.
The document presented by the solicitors of Lugo was admitted at the Constitutional Chamber and immediately addressed for consideration of the country’s Attorney General Javier Diaz who will dictate whether the higher court must rule on the annulment request.
He has 18 working days to take a stand before the Supreme Court goes ahead with the case.
Solicitors Adolfo Ferreiro, José Enrique García and Emilio Camacho requested the Court to declare inapplicable resolution 881 which was instrumental in removing Lugo, given “the defects and other shortcomings it contains”. The counsel for the defence argued that the charges for the removal of the president were not founded and violated the leader’s rights.
The presentation attacks the Legislative branch decision arguing that in the course of the impeachment instruments that are in violation of the Paraguayan Constitution were applied and also in violation of the guarantees of Mr Lugo, since the removal was arbitrary, unfounded and violates the principle of incongruity.
The solicitors advanced that if they do not have a favourable ruling from the Paraguayan highest court, “the majority of whose members belong to the political parties supportive of the Legislative decision”, they will then appeal to the Inter American Human Rights Court with the same case.
The impeachment process was started according to the Paraguayan constitution in the Lower House with the support of 76 to 1 and later in the Senate 39 to 4 with two abstentions.