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Mon Mar 23, 2020, 07:55 PM

Colombia's chief prosecutor implicated in plot to rig Duque's 2018 election

by Adriaan Alsema March 23, 2020

Colombia’s chief prosecutor closed his Twitter account on Sunday after evidence tied him to a mafia conspiracy to rig the 2018 elections in favor of his friend, President Ivan Duque.

Prosecutor General Francisco Barbosa closed his account after El Espectador columnist Yohir Ackerman published an image of him campaigning with Priscilla Cabrales, who conspired with the organization of Marquitos Figueroa, the jailed narco’s late money launderer said in a wiretap.

The photo Ackerman pulled of the Instagram account of far-right Senator Sergio Araujo was taken on April 18, 2018, while Cabrales with conspiring the rig the elections with money launderer Jose Guillermo Hernandez, who was murdered in Brazil last year.

The latest evidence implies Barbosa does not only have a conflict of interest, but could be complicit in the election fraud plot he is supposed to be investigating.

The chief prosecutor was asked to recuse himself last week after he lied about not receiving key evidence that proved Hernandez was coordinating vote-buying with Maria Claudia Daza, the personal assistant of Duque’s political patron, former President Alvaro Uribe at the time.


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