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Fri Jun 19, 2015, 11:19 PM

Police lieutenant sentenced to prison for selling classified information to political campaign

Police lieutenant sentenced to prison for selling classified information to political campaign
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jun 18, 2015

A Bogota police lieutenant was sentenced to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine on Wednesday for selling classified information to an employee of former Colombian presidential candidate Oscar Ivan Zuluaga. The lieutenant is the second police official to be sent to prison over a scandal that involved the illegal spying on ongoing peace talks between the administration of President Juan Manuel Santos, and the apparent selling of this information to the Zuluaga’s campaign.

The involved campaign worker, a computer engineer called Andres Sepulveda, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, while four more police officials and the leadership of the conservative opposition party Democratic Center are under investigation.

Among the suspects are Zuluaga, his son and his campaign manager. Former President Alvaro Uribe, the ideological leader of the party, is not formally investigated, but was called to clarify his alleged involvement in the spying scandal in March.

Uribe, who has seen a number of prominent political allies be sent to prison since leaving office in 2010, claims the allegations are part of a political persecution on behalf of his successor and Prosecutor General Eduardo Montealegre.

More:
http://colombiareports.com/police-lieutenant-sentenced-to-prison-for-selling-classified-information-to-political-campaign/

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