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World Colombia: justice orders the arrest of former president Alvaro Uribe

15:06  05 august  2020
15:06  05 august  2020 Source:   liberation.fr

Colombia. Justice orders the arrest of ex-president Uribe

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

An investigation of former President Álvaro Uribe is focusing on allegations of witness tampering involving an ex-member of a now-defunct paramilitary BOGOTÁ, Colombia —The Supreme Court on Tuesday night ordered house arrest for former President Álvaro Uribe while it investigates

Colombia 's Supreme Court on Tuesday placed former president and current senator Alvaro Uribe under house arrest as he faces charges of fraud The conservative Uribe , who served as president from 2002-2010, is the country's most popular politician and political mentor to President Ivan Duque.

Manifestation contre l'ancien président Alvaro Uribe lors de sa comparution devant la Cour suprême de justice, à Bogotá le 8 octobre 2019. © Luisa Gonzalez Demonstration against former president Alvaro Uribe during his appearance before the Supreme Court of Justice, in Bogotá on October 8, 2019. Mis involved in a case of false testimony involving paramilitaries, the former president faces up to eight years in prison. He remains the target of a multitude of other complaints.

Something might be changing in Colombia. Senator and ex-President Alvaro Uribe (2002-2010), who was called the Eternal President or the Teflon President, because until then all charges and cases had slipped on him, will be under house arrest. So decided Tuesday, "unanimously", the instruction room of the Supreme Court of Justice, by ordering "the preventive home detention" of the leader of the hard right.

Colombia: former president Alvaro Uribe announces his detention

 Colombia: former president Alvaro Uribe announces his detention He is under investigation for subordination of witnesses and fraud. © Provided by Franceinfo Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe (2002-2010) announced that the Supreme Court had ordered his detention as part of an investigation for subordination of witnesses and fraud, Tuesday August 4th. Alvaro Uribe, currently a senator and mentor to President Ivan Duque, has again declared his innocence and questioned the impartiality of the court.

Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe will be placed under house arrest while the Supreme Court advances a witness tampering investigation 8, 2019 file photo, senator and former president Alvaro Uribe arrives to the Supreme Court for questioning in an investigation for witness tampering

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Colombia ’s Supreme Court ordered on Tuesday the detention of a former president and longtime giant of Colombian He will spend the time under house arrest , the court said. While this is far less severe than time in prison, Mr. Uribe said he was dreading the confinement.

The mentor of the current president Iván Duque is being prosecuted in a case of manipulation of witnesses and fraud of justice which seems minimal compared to dozens of far more serious complaints - for complicity in massacres, links with paramilitaries or even illegal wiretaps - which were filed against him. But his home detention represents a real political earthquake in Colombia, as society is fractured between Uribists and anti-Uribists. Alvaro Uribe is notably the main critic of the 2016 peace accord signed by the previous government of Nobel Peace Prize winner Juan Manuel Santos with the former Farc guerrillas.

The mayors of Bogotá and Medellín (where Uribe is from), fearing overflows, thus immediately recalled that in a period of containment and while Colombia is at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was forbidden to demonstrate. Never mind: Tuesday at the end of the day, opponents, human rights defenders and the left sounded happy concerts of casseroles to celebrate and applaud the Supreme Court's decision. While supporters of Alvaro Uribe organized car demonstrations, preferring horns to saucepans to defend the "honor" of their idol.

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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe will not be allowed to remain at liberty while the Supreme Court investigates Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe will be placed under house arrest while the Supreme Court advances a witness tampering investigation

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

President Iván Duque for his part split a very controversial message on social networks, affirming: "I will always believe in the innocence and the honor of Alvaro Uribe", expressing the wish that his mentor can defend themselves "in freedom", even though the decision on pre-trial detention was already public. The pressures against justice were such in recent days that on Monday, the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court and the Special Peace Tribunal (JEP) issued a joint statement recalling the separation of powers and urging not to hinder their work…

Paramilitaries and cartels

The case for which Alvaro Uribe must be tried dates back to 2012 and looks a bit like a sprinkler story. At the time, the ex-president lodged a complaint against left-wing Senator Iván Cepeda who embarrassed him, accusing him of visiting paramilitaries in prison to convince them to testify against him. In 2018, after a slow and long investigation, the justice finally absolved Iván Cepeda and, completely turning the situation around, opened an investigation against ... Alvaro Uribe, accused, on the contrary, of having tried to buy the same paramilitaries by the intermediary of dubious lawyers to testify against Iván Cepeda… The left-wing senator welcomed on Tuesday the fact that “no one is above the law”. He also launched an appeal for “serenity”.

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Colombia 's highest court on Wednesday ordered that former President Alvaro Uribe be placed under house arrest while it advances a witness tampering probe against him. In a statement, magistrates said they found "possible risks" of obstruction of justice . "He will fulfill his detention from

© Reuters. Colombia 's former president Alvaro Uribe testifies in a private hearing as part of an investigation into alleged fraud and graft in Bogota. BOGOTA (Reuters) - Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe said on Tuesday the Supreme Court had ordered his detention amid an

Alvaro Uribe's links with paramilitary groups are long-standing and well-known. In the 1990s, while governor of the Antioquia region, he created civilian self-defense cooperatives, most of which gave birth to the organized and structured paramilitary groups that sowed terror in the 2000s. Juan Monsalve, one of the witnesses who overwhelms him in the current trial, a former paramilitary now detained, is also the son of the butler of one of the Uribe family's properties where, according to him, the Bloque Metro group was created. , of sinister reputation.

And the Uribe family has many other bad associations: Alvaro Uribe's father, murdered by Farc guerrillas in 1983, was close to the Ochoa clan, one of the founding families of the Medellín drug cartel. Jaime, one of his brothers, lived for a while with Dolly Cifuentes, a drug trafficker linked to the Mexican cartel of Sinaloa. The youngest of the family, Santiago Uribe, is suspected of having created the paramilitary group known as the Twelve Apostles, while cousin Mario Uribe, ex-president of Congress, is serving a sentence for his links with paramilitarism. It was also under the presidency of Alvaro Uribe that the horrible scandal called "false positives" was born, when soldiers murdered thousands of civilians to make money in the war against the Farc by passing them off as guerrillas who died in combat.

Dozens of complaints against Alvaro Uribe have been filed in recent years: seventeen are being heard by the Supreme Court of Justice, the rest before the Congressional Indictment Commission. Most are barely at the preliminary investigation stage. For the charges which now place him under house arrest, the former Teflon president faces eight years in prison.

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