Colombia’s ambassador to Peru resigns over paramilitary ties

Colombia’s ambassador to Peru resigned March 14 after the Prosecutor General’s Office ordered his arrest for alleged ties to paramilitary groups. Jorge Visbal Martelo Hannibal has been accused of working with paramilitaries while he was president of the National Rancher’s Federation (FEDEGAN) from 1998 until 2004. He is specifically accused of collaborating with Rodrigo Tovar Pupo, AKA “Jorge 40”—notorious commander of the AUC paramilitary network’s Northern Bloc. Martelo’s defense assured the Prosecutor’s Office that he will appear before the court in Bogota this week. President Juan Manuel Santos appointed Martelo as ambassador to Peru in February 2011. (Colombia Reports, La Republica, Lima, March 15)

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