Colombia's former officer affirms information sale to drug traffickers

14:16, May 21, 2010      

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A former assistant director of Colombia's security service agency DAS said Thursday that paramilitary forces and drug traffickers had bought classified information from DAS.

Jose Miguel Narvaez said this during a trial in the Supreme Court of Justice against former director of the Administrative Department of Security (DAS) Jorge Noguera.

Narvaez said classified information was given to drug trafficker Wilber Varela "Jabon", who is dead, and Miguel Arroyave, former paramilitary chief who died in 2004.

He said that many officers from DAS and the Prosecutor's Office were involved in the sale of information to drug traffickers.

On Tuesday, general secretary of the Presidency Bernardo Moreno and former DAS director Maria del Pilar Hurtado were summoned by the Prosecutor's Office to a hearing over a scandal of spying on judges,journalists and opposition leaders.

Last week, the Procecutor's Office accused five former DAS officers of illegally spying on judges, journalists and opposition leaders.

The Colombian government is studying the possibility of dissolving DAS after the scandal.



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