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Uribe testimony in case against former chief of staff postoned

posted by Adriaan Alsema

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Moreno Uribe

Colombia’s Prosecutor General’s Office announced Wednesday it has postponed the testimony of former President Alvaro Uribe in a corruption case against his former chief of staff.

Uribe was supposed to appear before the court Thursday at 10AM to defend his former subordinate, but the newly installed Deputy Prosecutor General decided to postpone the hearing to “carefully study” the investigation against Bernardo Moreno who is suspected of pressuring public administration official Guido Echeverry into appointing people allied with a congressman who had been key in amending Colombia’s constitution in 2004 to allow Uribe’s run for a second second term in 2006.

Moreno has been in prison since last July, due to charges stemming from another case involving his alleged role in the illegal wiretapping by Colombian intelligence agency DAS of supreme court judges, political opponents, human rights activists and journalists.

Other former Uribe administration officials involved in political scandals include former Agriculture Minister Andres Felipe Arias and ex Peace Commissioner Luis Carlos Restrepo.

Uribe has been a vocal defender of these men and claiming they are victims of “political persecution“.

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