Thursday, July 12, 2007

Colombia: President’s cousin investigated for paramilitary links

Colombia's Supreme Court stared an investigation against a cousin of President Alvaro Uribe over alleged links to right-wing paramilitary groups. Senator Mario Uribe (image)- who is also head of a political party loyal to the president- was signaled as having met and allied with the paramilitaries according to former leaders.

The “para-politics" scandal has been a massive thorn in the side of president Uribe and his allies. Approximately a month ago, the president was caught on video meeting with a former paramilitary leader, while the government recently admitted that thousands of demobilized paramilitary members have formed new criminal groups.

Source (Spanish)- El Tiempo

Sources (English)-, The Latin Americanist, International Herald Tribune

Image- El Colombiano

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