World Colombia. Justice orders the arrest of ex-president Uribe

03:50  05 august  2020
03:50  05 august  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Colombia ’s supreme court has ordered the detention of the hardline former president Álvaro Uribe amid an investigation into allegations of witness-tampering and fraud in relation to crimes committed during the country’s 52-year civil war. Tuesday’s decision shocked Colombians , who remained

BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - The Colombian Supreme Court has ordered the house arrest of ex - President Alvaro Uribe , the country’s media reported on Tuesday.

Alvaro Uribe fait l'objet d'une enquête pour manipulation de témoins en sa qualité de sénateur. © JUAN ZARAMA FILE / EPA-EFE Alvaro Uribe is under investigation for manipulation of witnesses in his capacity as senator.

The former Colombian president announced on Tuesday that the Supreme Court had ordered his detention as part of an investigation into witness tampering and fraud. Alvaro Uribe, currently a senator and mentor to President Ivan Duque, has again declared his innocence and questioned the court’s impartiality.

Colombian Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the arrest of former Colombian president and current senator Alvaro Uribe, still very influential in his country, for a witness manipulation case against a leftist opponent.

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The Colombian government says it has uncovered a plot by the country's largest rebel group, the Farc, to kill the former president , Alvaro Uribe . Defence Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon said the assassination was due to be carried out by a rebel column operating in central Colombia . Mr Pinzon said security

Bogota (AFP) - Colombia 's popular and influential former president Alvaro Uribe , who is facing a judicial investigation over witness tampering, appeared Tuesday before the country's Supreme Court, which will decide whether or not it will try the former leader. It was the first time an ex - president has

"The deprivation of my freedom causes me deep sorrow for my wife, for my family and for the Colombians who still believe that I have done something good for the motherland" , wrote the former head of the State (2002-2010) and leader of the hard right, on his Twitter account.

Although the court has not publicly pronounced on its unprecedented ruling against a former Colombian president, local media indicated that he would not be transferred to prison, but under house arrest.

Alvaro Uribe, 68, head of the Democratic Center (CD, in power), lives in Rio Negro, near Medellin (north-west). The unexpected move against the political godfather of current President Ivan Duque, who has been in power for two years, was taken during a closed-door hearing aimed at defining his situation.

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Colombia 's Supreme Court on Tuesday announced it is opening an investigation into former president Alvaro Uribe in connection with illegal military spying on journalists and politicians. A preliminary investigation has been opened against Uribe "as the possible recipient of information provided by

The influential ex - president and senator Alvaro Uribe , head of the ruling party in Colombia , appears before the Supreme Court of Justice , for an alleged

Several ongoing investigations

The Supreme Court, the only body empowered to try parliamentarians, will decide further whether or not to hold a trial.

Alvaro Uribe, heard on October 9, 2019 by the magistrates, is the subject of an investigation for manipulation of witnesses in his capacity as senator, a case which could earn him up to eight years in prison for bribery and procedural fraud.

The former president, who still enjoys some popular support for his policy of iron fist against the left guerrillas, had filed a complaint in 2012 against Senator Ivan Cepeda for an alleged plot based on false witnesses.

He claims that his main political opponent, himself a witness in the case, called on former paramilitaries to accuse him of being involved in criminal activities by right-wing militias against the rebels.

However, the court did not prosecute Ivan Cepeda, but decided in 2018 to open an investigation against Alvaro Uribe for the same reason: manipulation of witnesses against an opponent.

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Ex - Colombian president Álvaro Uribe . His niece and her mother are accused of having ties to the head of Mexico's Sinaloa drugs cartel. Álvaro Uribe acknowledged that his brother had been arrested but said he had been released and charges were dropped, claiming Jaime was recovering

BOGOTA, Colombia – A judge in Colombia has issued an arrest order for the former head of the South American country's secret police over her The DAS agency led by Hurtado spied on judges, journalists and political opponents of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe , who left office last August.

In addition to this case, he is the target of other investigations for alleged crimes linked to the long and complex armed conflict, which has plagued Colombia for nearly six decades.

In June, the Supreme Court announced the opening of an investigation into a case of illegal wiretapping carried out by the military in 2019, targeting some 130 journalists, politicians, retired military personnel and trade unionists. But Alvaro Uribe has always proclaimed his innocence and his party is leading an intense media campaign to defend the "honor" of its leader.

Defended by his family

After having militarily weakened the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), he fiercely opposed the peace agreement signed in 2016 with this Marxist guerrilla, deeming it too lenient towards the guilty ex-rebels serious crimes.

But President Duque defends his mentor: "I believed, I believe and will always believe in the innocence of Alvaro Uribe Velez" , he told several media outlets.

On Tuesday, government supporters criticized the Supreme Court's decision, calling it unfair that the former president was arrested while the former Farc chiefs appear free before the peace court resulting from the 2016 agreement

But others, like José Miguel Vivanco, executive director of the Americas division of Human Rights Watch (HRW), welcomed her.

“I commend the Supreme Court for acting responsibly in ordering Uribe's house arrest. The Court shows that all - even the most powerful - are equal before the law. Judicial independence must be respected, ", he tweeted.

This decision swells the ranks of former popular Latin American leaders who are accountable to justice, such as Lula in Brazil, Cristina Kirchner in Argentina, Rafael Correa in Ecuador, Alberto Fujimori in Peru and Ricardo Martinelli in Panama.

Colombia ex-president says he'll be arrested over witness tampering .
Former president Alvaro Uribe said Tuesday that Colombia's Supreme Court has issued an arrest warrant against him for witness tampering. On Tuesday the court held a hearing into his case, in which Uribe is accused of using his position as a senator to tamper with a witness. He faces bribery and procedural fraud charges and could serve up to eight years in prison if convicted.The right-wing politician was questioned by judges last October -- the first time a former president had appeared before Colombia's highest court.

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