Tue Jun 19, 2012, 01:10 AM
Judi Lynn (85,963 posts)
Former DAS boss back on trial for murder of Galan (Colombian Presidential candidate)
Former DAS boss back on trial for murder of Galan .
Monday, 18 June 2012 07:12 Victoria Rossi
The Colombian official implicated in the 1989 murder of a presidential candidate will evoke his statute of limation rights when asking the Supreme Court to throw out his case this week, local media reported Monday.
The defense team for Miguel Maza Marquez, the former director of Colombia's now defunct intelligence agency (DAS) who was accused of assisting in the murder of 1989 presidential hopeful Luis Carlos Galan, will try to throw out the case against Marquez by reframing Galan's death, according to El Tiempo newspaper: They will argue that Galan's murder was not a human rights violation, as it had been previously classified, and so cannot be investigated indefinitely.
Marquez was released from a two-year prison stay in January after the Supreme Court declared his trial--and most of the decades worth of evidence accumulated against him for his alleged role Galan's execution--invalid.
The attorney general's office seeks to reopen the case against Marquez, saying the Supreme Court's January decision to nullify evidence did not extend to more recent statements made by various ex-paramilitary chiefs against the intelligence director.
From January of this year:
Luis Carlos Galan: The Most Important Criminal Case You've Never Heard of
Posted: 17/01/12 00:00
It's the most important criminal case you've never heard of. A tale of political conspiracy and assassination, set against the background of the violent 1980s cocaine trade.
In life, Colombia's 1989 presidential candidate, Luis Carlos Galan, was South America's version of JFK; charismatic, visionary, admired and fearless.
More than 20 years after his murder the comparisons to JFK continue.
Galan was gunned down in public. TV cameras recorded the moments leading to and including his death. And yet, like JFK, the truth behind his killing has never emerged. Nobody, it seems, knows who killed Luis Carlos Galan.
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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:56 AM
Judi Lynn (85,963 posts)
1. Colombia arrests ex-security head
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Colombia arrests ex-security head
By Jeremy McDermott
BBC News, Medellin
Colombian authorities have arrested a former head of the secret police - the Das - in connection with a high-profile unsolved murder.
Gen Miguel Maza Marquez was detained over the assassination of presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan.
The murder is believed to have been ordered by Medellin drugs cartel boss Pablo Escobar, but 20 years later still has not been properly solved.
Mr Galan was shot dead as he addressed a rally in Bogota in August 1989.
He was the favourite to win the presidential elections.