COLOMBIAN SENATOR FACES DEATH THREATS OVER EX-PREXY’S CASE
The harassment of Colombian Senator Ivan Cepeda has increased since the Supreme Court ordered a house arrest for former President Alvaro Uribe, teleSURreported on August 16.
Cepeda denounced death threats against him and his family for their participation in the judicial process that led to the house arrest of Uribe. "I have received threatening messages against my family, my lawyers, my collaborators, and against me with clear death threats," Cepeda said.
"The Prosecutor's Office must investigate who the authors of these messages are," Cepeda said. The Puebla Group condemned the threats against Cepeda in a message posted on Twitter. "With fear, they will not be able to stop the path of justice and truth," the political forum said.
Uribe has been serving house arrest at his ranch in the north of the country since August 4. There he awaits his eventual call to trial by the Supreme Court. In 2012, the former president filed a complaint against Senator Cepeda for an alleged plot against him based on false testimony. With the backing of current President Ivan Duque, Uribe tried to implicate Cepeda with the accusation that he had contacted ex-paramilitary prisoners to get them involved in criminal activities. The Supreme Court refrained from prosecuting Cepeda and instead decided in 2018 to open an investigation against the former president under the same suspicion: Manipulating witnesses against his opponent.