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Mon Jun 29, 2020, 05:47 PM

The 'clans': the criminal forces rigging Colombia's economy and democracy

by Adriaan Alsema February 19, 2020

While officially a free market democracy, Colombia’s state system and economy are rigged by “clans” that are largely above the law.

These clans’ ability to almost usurp the country’s democracy and economy most recently became evident by detailed allegations by fugitive politician Aida Merlano, a former member of the Gerlein Clan.

Merlano’s account of how, for example, the Char Clan steals elections and rigs the justice system is news to nobody.

Not even her claim she was sexually harassed as a child is unique, but a reminder the clans have never shied away from crimes against humanity.

The fact that the fugitive politician was interviewed by Vicky Davila confirmed their intimate ties to Colombia’s mass media; the Semana columnist married into the Gnecco Clan.

The Heirs of Evil
Political analyst Leon Valencia on Tuesday released a book, “The Heirs of Evil,” which provides further details on the clans that, with a few exceptions, are able to get away with murder.


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