Posted by: Maher | July 27, 2008

Colombian party chief accused of paramilitary ties

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Police have arrested the head of one of Colombia’s main governing parties for alleged ties with far-right paramilitaries.

Local television is showing Friday’s arrest of Sen. Carlos Garcia on criminal conspiracy charges.

Garcia’s National Unity party holds the most seats in Colombia’s Senate, and it has been promoting efforts to hold a referendum that would let conservative President Alvaro Uribe run for a third consecutive term.

One-tenth of Colombia‘s Congress has been jailed since early last year on charges of benefitting from far-right death squads that killed thousands and stole land from tens of thousands of others in consolidating control of large swaths of the country.

Most are allies of Uribe.

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