Yesterday, Medellín’s 113th Judicial II Administrative Prosecutor’s Office declared that the conciliation hearing between fired EPM CEO Alvaro Rendón (above, foreground) and Medellín Mayor Daniel Quintero (above, background) was unsuccessful, clearing the way for formal litigation by Rendón to proceed.
Not only did Quintero fire Rendón earlier this year after appointing him to head the city-owned utility conglomerate a year before, Quintero made several public statements that Rendón considers disparaging, slanderous, and untrue leading to the lawsuit. The suit originally demanded a public apology, but now Rendón seeks monetary compensation of almost $400,000 USD.
Mayor Quintero and his secretary Maria Camila Villamizar Assaf were represented in the hearing by a lawyer, who claimed the mayor was within his discretionary powers. With the prosecutor’s declaration, Rendón’s lawsuit may proceed, while the mayor is also facing a recall vote to oust him from office.