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Ex-Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Placed Under House Arrest 

HeadlineAug 05, 2020

In Colombia, former President Álvaro Uribe has been placed under house arrest by the Colombian Supreme Court, while an investigation unfolds over allegations of witness tampering and fraud. The accusations are related to crimes committed during Colombia’s 52-year U.S.-backed war. Uribe served as president from 2002 and 2010. His administration was defined by a brutal military campaign against the leftist rebel group, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. Under Uribe’s reign, right-wing paramilitary groups terrorized communities with impunity, disappearing and murdering thousands of civilians, and falsely claiming they were rebel fighters to boost support for the war and justify U.S. aid sent to Colombia. Uribe’s house arrest marks the first time a Colombian president is formally detained.

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