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Thu Aug 1, 2019, 02:33 AM

Former security chief sentenced for bugging Colombia's Supreme Court

by Adriaan Alsema July 31, 2019

The former security chief of Colombiaís Supreme Court was sentenced to seven years in prison for spying on the court at the orders of the government of former President Alvaro Uribe.

The courtís former security chief, Jose David Garcia, admitted he helped plant recording devices inside the court in 2007 that allowed now-defunct intelligence agency DAS to spy on the court.

The failed conspiracy
The spying was part of an elaborate plot of the Uribe administration (2002-2010) to discredit the Supreme Court that was investigating the ties between Uribeís allies in Congress, the presidentís cousin and demobilized paramilitary group AUC.

The conspiracy, however, was discovered in 2008 and led to the incarceration of Uribeís chief of staff and multiple intelligence executives.

Mario Uribe
Despite the efforts to frustrate the trials, former Senator Mario Uribe and more than 60 other congressmen were sentenced to prison for colluding with the paramilitary organization in order to get elected in the 2002 and 2006 elections.


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