Colombia: ex-secret police chief re-arrested

Jorge Noguera, former chief of Colombia’s secret police, was arrested on charges of colluding with illegal paramilitaries July 7. Noguera, freed from prison three months ago because of procedural errors, was ordered detained again by Colombia’s chief prosecutor, Mario Iguaran on charges of colluding with the paras—including providing them with information that led to several slayings. Noguera, who ran Colombia’s Administrative Security Department (DAS) from 2002 to 2005, is the closest ally to President Alvaro Uribe to be imprisoned in connection with the scandal linking Colombia’s political class to paramilitary forces responsible for some of the nation’s worst atrocities. (LAT, BBC, July 7)

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