Documents link Uribe with Pablo Escobar's drug cartel in Colombia
Bogota, Dec 26 (Prensa Latina) Former President Alvaro Uribe is being criticized in Colombia after the disclosure of several declassified documents in the United States which link him to Pablo Escobar's Medellin cartel.
According to declassified documents of the Department of State, Uribe, who was president of Colombia from 2002 to 2010, received funding 'for his electoral campaigns to the Senate by the Ochoa Vasquez family, member of the Medellin cartel.'
This information, broadcast this Saturday by Colombian media outlets, reveals that Uribe's relationship with the group of capo Pablo Escobar dates back to 1993.
Presumably, Escobar demanded that Uribe -through 'The Ochoas'- helped him reach out to the then president Cesar Gaviria (1990-1994) 'in exchange for the favor' of the funding of his campaign, DW highlights.
This way, Uribe loses favor in the Colombian political arena because the disclosure of the US Department of State contradicts his words, which absolutely denied his relationship with drug trafficking cartels.
Uribe, mentor of current Colombian President Ivan Duque, has not yet given his version on this new scandal.
In February 2002, he claimed that his relationship with the Ochoas had nothing to do with drugs: 'What linked us was not drug trafficking, but horses. It was a healthy world, of estates, horses, tiple, spirits, and poetry. Afterwards, as we know, each family took different paths,' he underscored.
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