Zulema Jattin Corrales

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Zulema del Carmen Jattin Corrales
Senator of Colombia
In office
20 July 2006 – 13 May 2009
Member of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia
In office
20 July 1998 – 20 July 2006
Constituency Córdoba Department
President of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia
In office
20 July 2004 – 20 July 2005
Preceded by Alonso Acosta Osio
Succeeded by Julio Gallardo Archbold
Personal details
Born (1969-07-31) 31 July 1969 (age 47)
Santa Cruz de Lorica, Córdoba, Colombia
Nationality Colombian
Political party Social Party of National Unity
Other political
affiliations
Liberal Opening Movement (2002-2005)
Liberal Party (1998-2002)
Spouse(s) Luis Humberto Gómez Gallo (2002-2003)
Relations Francisco José Jattin Safar (father)
Children Zulema María Gómez Jattin
Alma mater Complutense University of Madrid (BA)
Pontifical Xavierian University (MA)
Religion Roman Catholic
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Jattin and the second or maternal family name is Corrales.

Zulema del Carmen Jattin Corrales (born 31 July 1969) is a politician, and former Senator of Colombia and Chamber Representative for the Department of Córdoba.[1]

Career[edit]

She was elected Councilwoman for Santa Cruz de Lorica from 1990 to 1992, and went on to become the heiress to her father's political career, in 1998 when she was elected to the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia for the Liberal Party. Her father Francisco José Jattin Safar, had been a Chamber Representative from 1990 to 1996 when he lost his investiture for being linked in the Proceso 8000.[2]

In 2004 she was elected President of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia beating her closest rival William Vélez Mesa, Representative for Antioquia. On 20 July she succeeded Alonso Acosta Osio in the Chamber, at the same time when across Congress, her ex-husband Luis Humberto Gómez Gallo, was taking office as President of the Senate.In 2006 she successfully ran for Senate.

Parapolitics scandal[edit]

Main article: Parapolitics scandal

In 2008 the Supreme Court of Colombia ran preliminary investigations into Jattin for links to Salvatore Mancuso and Rodrigo Tovar Pupo alias "Jorge 40", both paramilitary chiefs and drug traffickers extradited to the United States but could not find conclusive evidence to charge her for anything.[3]

On 11 May 2009 the Supreme Court issued a warrant for her arrest for links with paramilitarism. During her arrest, her father Francisco José Jattin, suffered a heart attack and died four days later in a hospital.[4][5] Because the Supreme Court investigates all charged members of congress, Jattin renounced her seat in Congress on 13 May 2009, thus transferring the process from the Supreme Court to the Office of the Attorney General of Colombia,[4] however the Supreme Court later ruled that all cases pertaining to congresspersons and linked by parapolitics would be prosecuted by the Supreme Court whether they had renounced their seat or not. She was replaced in Congress by Jairo Mantilla Colmenares.

Because of the death of her father she was allowed to attend to his funeral in Lorica with a permit from the INPEC,[2] the defence was also granted house arrest for Jattin as she was the primary caretaker of her infant child, but she was freed seven months later after the statute of limitations had run out because the prosecution had not formally charged her after detaining her within the set time by the law.[6][7] On September 2010, she was called in for questioning by the Court for calumny and slander for statements made to the press when she was arrested; she accused the Court and its members of kidnapping, and persecution among other things, she later recanted her statement but the court choose to continue with their charge.[7][8]

Electoral history[edit]

Colombian legislative election, 1998[9]
List Party Total Votes Percent of Total Standing Stronghold
100 Colombian Liberal Party 46,544 13.907% 3rd Córdoba Department
Colombian legislative election, 2002[10]
List Party Total Votes Percent of Total Standing Stronghold
106 Liberal Opening Movement 61,522 14.931% 2nd Córdoba Department
Colombian legislative election, 2006[11]
List Party Total Votes Percent of Total Seats won Standing Stronghold
Social Party of National Unity 49,378 1 45th Córdoba Department

Personal life[edit]

Zulema del Carmen was born on 31 July 1969 in Lorica, Cordobá to Francisco José Jattin Safar and Ema Corrales. She married on 22 June 2002 to Luis Humberto Gómez Gallo but divorced in 2003; together they had one daughter Zulema María.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zulema del Carmen Jattin Corrales". Congreso Visible. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  2. ^ a b "Hoy Será Sepultado El Ex Senador Francisco José Jattin En Su Natal Lorica (Córdoba)" [Today Will Be Interred The Former Senator Francisco José Jattin In His Native Lorica (Córdoba)]. El Tiempo (in Spanish). 2009-05-16. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  3. ^ "Capturada la senadora Zulema Jattin" [Senator Zulema Jattin is Captured]. Revista Semana (in Spanish). 2009-05-11. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  4. ^ a b "Falleció El Padre De Zulema Jattin" [Dies The Father of Zulema Jattin]. El Tiempo (in Spanish). 2009-05-16. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  5. ^ "En Lorica (Córdoba) Estuvo Zulema Jattin, Para Despedir A Su Padre Francisco José Jattin" [In Lorica (Córdoba) Zulema Jattin Was Present To Say Her Goodbyes To Her Father Francisco José Jattin]. El Tiempo (in Spanish). 2009-05-19. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  6. ^ Serrano M., Nidia. "Zulema Jattin recuperará su libertad el 7 de enero" [Zulema Jattin gets back her freedom on 7 January]. El Universal (in Spanish). Montería. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  7. ^ a b "Zulema Jattin, a indagatoria por calumnia" [Zulema Jattin, to questioning for calumny]. El Espectador (in Spanish). 2010-08-31. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  8. ^ "Zulema Jattin se retractó de sus señalamientos a la Corte" [Zulema Jattin recanted her accusations to the Court]. RCN Radio (in Spanish). 2010-10-10. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  9. ^ "Escrutinio Camara 1998 del Departamento de Córdoba" [Scrutiny for Chamber 1998 of the Department of Córdoba] (in Spanish). Registraduría Nacional del Estado Civil. 2002-11-16. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  10. ^ "Votacion de Camara por el Departamento de Córdoba" [Voting for the Chamber for the Department of Córdoba] (in Spanish). Registraduría Nacional del Estado Civil. 2002-11-16. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  11. ^ "Boleting de Prensa No. 010" [Press Bulletin N. 010] (in Spanish). Registraduría Nacional del Estado Civil. 2002-11-16. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  12. ^ "Matrimonio Bipartidario" [Bipartisan Marriage]. El Tiempo (in Spanish). 2002-05-12. Retrieved 2010-11-08.