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Yidis Medina Padilla

Yidis Medina Padilla is a Colombian politician who held a number of public positions in Barrancabermeja and became well-known as a member of the National Chamber when she undertook a three-month replacement for Iván Díaz Mateus.

Medina took part in the first Commission of the National Chamber, which discussed the constitutional reform that allowed Álvaro Uribe Vélez to run for a second term in office. Medina had announced her vote against Uribe, but changed her mind at the last minute. Four years later, Medina revealed that she had been coerced by government officials into changing her vote.

As a result, the Colombian Justice authorities opened an investigation against Medina who was sentenced to 47 months house arrest. Medina was then sent to prison in December 2009 and in August 2012 she was sentenced to 384 months imprisonment on fabricated charges of kidnapping.

In July 2013, this decision was revoked by the High Court of Colombia, which ordered the immediate release of Medina. She had been held in jail for three years on charges which should never have been brought.

After being released, Medina said that the whole prosecution against her was "political revenge for telling the truth to the country" on the re-election of President Álvaro Uribe.

Timeline of events

March-June 2004: Medina becomes a member of the National Chamber as a three-month replacement for Iván Díaz Mateus, who had previously been elected to that position

June 2004: Medina takes part in the first Commission of the National Chamber which discusses the constitutional reform that had allowed Álvaro Uribe Vélez to run for a second term in office. Medina's vote is crucial and although she had announced her intention to vote against Uribe, she changes her mind at the last minute

April 2008: Medina reveals that during her three months placement at the National Chamber, she was coerced by government officials into changing her vote. The Colombian Justice authorities open an investigation against Medina.

April 27, 2008: Medina is handed over to the authorities

June 26, 2008: Medina is sentenced to 47 months of house arrest for the offence of ‘bribery’. As a result of her statements, several government officials are linked to criminal investigations.

December 15, 2009: While Medina is under house arrest, and after the Office of the General Attorney reopens a criminal case involving her in June, the First Specialised Circuit Penal Court of Bucaramanga allows the prosecution to accuse her of cooperating with the guerrilla ELN paramilitary forces to kidnap Juan Carlos Carvajal Torres and Ricardo Sequea Cristancho, both public servants at the Santander Department (Colombia), in 2000.

December 2009: Medina is sent to prison

August 2012: the First Specialised Circuit Penal Court of Bucaramanga sentences her to 384 months imprisonment after finding her guilty of cooperating in the kidnapping

July 29, 2013: the decision to imprison Medina is revoked by the High Court of Colombia, which orders her immediate release. She has been held in jail for three years on charges which should never have been brought. (The legal document relating to the court decision can be viewed here)