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Fri Jul 31, 2020, 04:08 PM

Court sentences Colombia's government over spying scandal that sent Uribe aides to prison

by Adriaan Alsema July 31, 2020

A Bogota court sentenced Colombia’s government for spying on the Supreme Court, revealing more details on how former President Alvaro Uribe almost turned Colombia into a mafia state.

The Bogota Superior Administrative Tribunal ordered the President’s Office’s Administration Department DAPRE and now-defunct intelligence agency DAS to compensate former magistrate Ivan Velasquez and his family for damages suffered from the Uribe administration’s criminal activity.

Spying on court not part of chief of staff’s job description

The superior tribunal overturned a lower court ruling that claimed Uribe’s former chief of staff Bernardo Moreno, who was the director of DAPRE, was just doing his job receiving the illegal intelligence agency’s intelligence information on Velasquez.

The former magistrate was investigating ties between politicians and demobilized paramilitary organization AUC, including those of Uribe’s cousin Mario, in 2009 when the DAS was caught spying on the court.


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