Colombian senator barred from public office for ties with rebel group

12:53, September 28, 2010      

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Colombian Senator Piedad Cordoba has been barred from public service for 18 years for allegedly having ties with a rebel group, the Colombian Public Ministry said Monday.

The Public Ministry said that during investigations into the killing of FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) chief Raul Reyes, they found out she had ties with the rebel group.

The investigation was started when files were found on the computers of the FARC chief, who was killed in 2008. Cordoba is considered to have gone too far in her role as mediator between the FARC and the Colombian government.

According to the General Prosecutor's Office, Cordoba was mentioned in Reyes' documents as "Teodora," "Teodora de Bolivar," "La Negra," and "La Negrita," and she maintained close ties with the FARC, going beyond the goal of seeking a humanitarian exchange.

"It was proved that Senator Cordoba ordered and requested the FARC to release hostages' proofs of life in order to favor the government of other countries," the statement said.

Meanwhile, Chamber Representative Ivan Cepeda said this decision is unfair.p "I heard the news with sadness and sorrow. It is a decision I consider unfair, and we are against (it), and we will proceed by legal means. Senator Cordoba has been a victim of a lot of persecution in the country for her humanitarian work," Cepeda said.

Up till now Cordoba has not commented on this decision.

Source: Xinhua


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