in

Colombian minister investigated for ties to warlord

Colombia’s Inspector General’s Office on Wednesday began a preliminary investigation into alleged ties between Housing Minister German Vargas Lleras and jailed paramilitary warlord “Martin Llanos.”

Inspector General Alejandro Ordoñez decided to open an investigation after testimonies of the former ICT director of dismantled intelligence agency DAS, Rafael Garcia, and the former governor of Arauca, Julio Acosta, who had claimed that Vargas met with the warlord when he was senator.

The minister is accused of having had ties with paramilitary groups in the eastern Casanare department where “Llanos” was active until his arrest in February.

Ordoñez requested the Supreme Court to clarify whether there were any past or ongoing investigations against the minister and requested the Prosecutor General’s Office to provide any evidence that could incriminate Vargas, one of the most senior politicians in Colombian politics and grandson of former President Carlos Lleras.
Additionally, the inspector general wants to hear Acosta, in jail for his own alleged ties to paramilitaries, and Garcia, in exile after previous accusations of ties between political figures and paramilitary groups led to death threats.

Colombia’s Inspector General can conduct disciplinary investigations against (former) public officials. The administrative watchdog has no jurisdiction to send convicted politicians to jail.

Vargas is one of hundreds Colombian politicians investigated for ties to paramilitary groups.

From Colombia Reports

Since you’re here …

… we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading the Today Colombia than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organizations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our site as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. Updating reports on Today Colombia takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe our reports matter.
If everyone who reads Today Colombia, who likes it, helps to support it by clicking our ads, our future would be much more secure. Do you part, click on an ad today.

Written by Rico

Rico

"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of onlinemagazines that includes TodayColombia.com. Rico brings his special kind of savvy to online marketing. His websites are engaging, provocative, informative and sometimes off the wall, where you either like or you leave it. The same goes for him, like him or leave him.There is no middle ground. No compromises, only a passion to present reality as he sees it!