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2006-08-16 14:37:53

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian police on Wednesday jailed the country's top right-wing paramilitary commanders two days after President Alvaro Uribe threatened to extradite them if they did not live up to a peace deal. The move was intended to help end Colombia's four-decade-old guerrilla war and ensure continued support from the United States, which has given the country billions of dollars in aid. Up to now, the heads of the far right United Self-Defense...

2006-05-21 19:49:19

By Patrick Markey BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian paramilitary militias have agreed to respect the peace process despite a court decision they said could derail attempts to end the country's four-decade-old conflict, a government minister said on Sunday. More than 30,000 rightist militia have demobilized under a Justice and Peace law promoted by President Alvaro Uribe that hands them short prison terms for crimes such as massacres and drug trafficking in exchange for a...

2006-05-19 14:23:11

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Leaders of Colombia's illegal right-wing paramilitaries said on Friday peace talks with the government have been derailed by a court decision saying some of them must serve full prison terms. The Constitutional Court on Thursday threw out parts of last year's Justice and Peace law, saying that militia members who turn in their guns will serve no more than eight years for crimes such as drug smuggling, massacre, rape and torture. The...

2006-04-16 23:53:44

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Human Rights Watch sharply criticized Colombian President Alvaro Uribe for what it called a "wildly improper response" to charges that his government's intelligence service helped paramilitaries kill civilians. The Columbian press has reported that the Administrative Security Department, or DAS, cooperated with the far-right militias, prompting the famously short-tempered Uribe to accuse reporters of maliciously harming the country's...

2006-01-16 14:22:00

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has ordered an investigation into allegations that drug-running paramilitary groups are bribing politicians ahead of the March legislative election. A presidential spokesman said on Monday Uribe, whom opponents accuse of coddling the right-wing militias, asked the attorney general to probe the campaign finances of two senators who are Uribe allies from the northern province of Cordoba. "Democratic...

2005-10-20 16:06:34

By Jason Webb BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - An extraordinary public clash over a bribery allegation broke out among judges on Colombia's Constitutional Court on Thursday after it opened the way for popular President Alvaro Uribe to run for a second term. Magistrate Rodrigo Escobar said he would seek disciplinary proceedings against a fellow court member who, he said, accused him of taking money for voting to approve a law allowing presidents to serve more than one four-year term. The...


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