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Investigations into former President lvaro Uribe to be reopened, Supreme Court rules

Investigations into former President Álvaro Uribe to be reopened, Supreme Court rules
By Arjun Harindranath - February 20, 2018

Newly uncovered recordings of former President Álvaro Uribe have led the Colombian Supreme Court to reopen investigations against him relating to alleged witness-tampering and perverting the course of justice.

The Court had initially been investigating Congressman Iván Cepeda for jail visits to former United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (UAC) paramilitary members, but they established that no attempt had been made to manipulate the witnesses. On the contrary, the court concluded that, based on recordings of Uribe, there was sufficient evidence to investigate the former president for attempting to procure false testimonies against his rival Cepeda.

Uribe continues to deny the allegations made against him. “I have never spoken to the witnesses,” Uribe said in a statement through his lawyer. “The Court should publish the calls with the lawyer who tapped my phones so that the people can determine if I committed any crime.”

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The Supreme Court’s 220-page decision follows a similar decision by a lower Court in Antioquia which reopened the investigation into two massacres that were allegedly carried out on Uribe’s authorisation.


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