Arrest Warrant Issued For Close Uribe Associate



Salon Staff
February 10, 2012 12:00AM (UTC)

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's chief prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant for the peace commissioner of ex-President Alvaro Uribe for allegedly arranging a bogus demobilization of leftist guerrillas.

Luis Carlos Restrepo is the third former close associate of Uribe to face criminal charges.

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Nestor Novoa is a top prosecutor and says Restrepo left Colombia on Jan. 8.

He was Uribe's peace commissioner between 2002-2009 and engineered a peace pact with far-right militias.

In the false demobilization case, he faces criminal charges that carry a minimum prison sentence of six years.

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Some supposed rebels who disarmed in a March 2006 public ceremony have testified that they were not insurgents but thieves and unemployed and homeless people recruited to participate.


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