Colombia’s Senator Cordoba Booted For Alleged FARC Links

Colombian Senator Piedad Córdoba (middle), who was removed from Congress on Monday.
Colombian Senator Piedad Córdoba (middle), who was removed from Congress on Monday.
Colombian Senator Piedad Córdoba (middle), who was removed from Congress on Monday.

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Top Story — Colombia’s inspector general kicked out a controversial senator Monday and barred her from public service for 18 years due to her alleged links to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group.

Sen. Piedad Córdoba, who gained notoriety for brokering the release of more than a dozen FARC-held hostages, was accused of “promoting and collaborating” with the rebel army.

Colombia’s Attorney General Alejandro Ordoñez Maldonado made the announcement and said that her dismissal stemmed from an investigation against her that originated from computers seized in a 2008 operation against a former top FARC leader, Raúl Reyes.

The evidence allegedly shows communications between the FARC and the senator in which she is referred to as”Teodora,” “Teodora de Bolivar,” “La Negra” and “La Negrita.”

Authorities said that Cordoba advised the FARC and asked the FARC to supply videos from the hostages to foreign governments.

Córdoba has not been charged of any crime.

Córdoba, who had shaky relations with former President Álvaro Uribe, heads Colombians for Peace, which is a group that aims to end the war between the FARC and the Colombian government.

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