Colombia lawmakers grill ex-President Uribe over drug ties
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Colombia lawmakers grill ex-President Uribe over drug ties

Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe is being grilled by lawmakers over allegations of ties to drug-traffickers and right-wing paramilitaries.

Wednesday’s questioning before a Senate committee was convoked by leftist Sen. Ivan Cepeda, who presented allegations of criminal links that have dogged Uribe throughout his political career.

Many involve Uribe’s family, and they date from the start of his political career in Medellin when the city was dominated by Pablo Escobar’s cartel.

Uribe walked out of the legislature to protest what he called a “moral lynching” promoted by the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

The still popular Uribe is the most fervent opponent of President Juan Manuel Santos and analysts consider the debate an attempt to isolate him politically as the government negotiates a peace deal with the rebels.

Associated Press