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Colombia Arrests Show Criminal-Political Ties Die Hard

Colombia Arrests Show Criminal-Political Ties Die Hard

Thirty-two public figures, including former and current politicians, have been arrested in Colombia's northwestern Uraba region for ties to paramilitaries, in a case highlighting the continued specter of political-criminal ties. Read More

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The United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia - AUC) was a coalition of right-wing death squads that used the conflict to camouflage their illicit economic activities. These included drug trafficking, displacement, kidnapping, and extortion. The AUC once operated in two-thirds of the country with approximately 30,000 soldiers.

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  • Colombia Arrests Show Criminal-Political Ties Die Hard

    Thirty-two public figures, including former and current politicians, have been arrested in Colombia's northwestern Uraba region for ties to paramilitaries, in a case highlighting the continued specter of political-criminal ties.

  • Colombia's Paramilitary-Coal Nexus: Drummond, Glencore Face New Accusations

    A Dutch NGO has compiled a damning report on the alleged collusion of multinational mining companies Drummond and Glencore with paramilitaries who carried out mass murder in Colombia, offering an insight into the paramilitary-business nexus that still persists in much of the country.

  • Dismissal of Chiquita Banana Case Major Blow to Colombia Victims

    A US appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Colombian families against banana giant Chiquita for allegedly colluding with paramilitaries, dealing a major blow to attempts by Colombia's conflict victims to hold companies responsible for their links to illegal armed groups. 

  • Colombia, US Accused of Impunity Over Early Narco, AUC Releases

    As Colombia prepares to release 160 paramilitaries that have served just eight-year sentences under a demobilization agreement with the government, controversy is building about even earlier releases for paramilitaries and drug traffickers that have cooperated with the United States government.

  • Mass Release of Paramilitaries Could Disrupt Colombia Underworld

    Over 400 former paramilitary fighters in Colombia, including numerous ex-leaders, are slated for release from prison by December 2014, an event that could cause criminal upheaval should they get drawn back into the underworld. 

  • Money Laundering Case Spotlights Colombia Businesswoman's Paramilitary Ties

    Authorities in Colombia have arrested 11 people close to powerful businesswoman "La Gata" and seized many of her assets, as part of an ongoing drug money laundering investigation that has shed light on how this controversial figure used paramilitary ties to build her economic empire.

  • Colombia Court Purges “Pure Drug Traffickers” from Paramilitaries

    Colombia's High Court ordered the exclusion of Miguel Angel Mejia Munera, alias "El Mellizo," who is accused of trafficking drugs for more than a decade, from the Justice and Peace process. He is the second ex-paramilitary to be expelled from the amnesty legislation of 2005.  The Court also questioned the procedures used by the Prosecutor General's Office.  

  • The Trail of Death: 30 Years of Massacres in Colombia

    Throughout decades of armed conflict and organized crime, Colombia has become tragically associated with the brutal terror tactic of the massacre. A new investigation tracing the history of massacres offers a vision of its evolving use by armed groups, reflecting changes in the nature and motivations of violence in the country.

  • Colombia Captures 'Last of the Castaño Clan'

    Authorities in Colombia have captured the step-sister of notorious fallen paramilitary warlords the Castaños, who is a key backer of the Urabeños and a central figure in the battle to prevent the restitution of stolen lands.

  • Urabeños Leader to Be Tried as 'Criminal'

    The founder of the Urabeños will be tried as a criminal and not a demobilized paramilitary, following a court ruling on a case that marks the dividing line between Colombia's paramilitary movement and their criminal successors known as the BACRIM.