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Uribe family clashes with columnist over family controversies
Uribe family clashes with columnist over family controversies
Sunday, 24 April 2011 09:22
Adriaan Alsema

Former President Alvaro Uribe and his son Tomas began a Twitter offensive against leftist Semana columnist Leon Valencia Sunday after a column implicating the former president's sons in 12 scandals.

In the column, the former guerrilla recalls recent news about Uribe's sons business with an alleged drug trafficker, the sons' links to extradited an drug trafficker accused of having threatened Univision journalist Daniel Coronell and links to an assassinated mayor who had signed pacts with paramilitary organization AUC.

Valencia also recalled accusations by convicted congresswoman Yidis Medina and the country's Superintendent for Notaries that Tomas was involved in offering notary offices in exchange for the support of a 2004 constitutional change that allowed Uribe to run for President two years later.

The columnist went on saying how Tomas and Jeronimo benefited financially from decisions taken by their father while in office and were accused by extradited money launderer David Murcia Guzman of being beneficiaries of a major ponzi scheme that defrauded hundreds of thousands Colombians. Tomas recently admitted to having met one of the now-jailed directors of the Nule Group, accused of corruptly having obtained millions in government funds.

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