Colombian prosecutors have asked the Supreme Court to probe alleged ties between FARC rebels and three lawmakers, including Sen. Piedad Cordoba, a key mediator in talks with the rebels and ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Colombian prosecutors asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to probe three lawmakers, including an ally of
Attorney General Mario Iguaran said prosecutors also opened an inquiry into two Colombian journalists, a
Archives from the computers are fueling diplomatic tensions in the Andean region after
"After an analysis and a police report, there are indications of presumed ties between the FARC and three Colombian lawmakers, five Colombian citizens and four foreigners," Iguaran told a news conference.
He said the three Colombian lawmakers included Sen. Piedad
Chavez and Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, both harsh critics of
The computers were found in March after Colombian forces attacked a FARC camp inside
Former presidential candidate Alvaro Leyva, who has openly acted as a mediator between the government and the FARC in the past and worked for a hostage accord, was also named.
"All we have done is work for peace and the humanitarian accord," Carlos Lozano, editor of the Communist party-linked newspaper, Voz, told Caracol television after prosecutors listed him in the probe.
But Uribe is under pressure over a scandal tying some of his lawmaker allies to paramilitary commanders. More than 60 legislators are under investigation or in jail awaiting trial for suspected collaboration with militia bosses.
Thursday's announcement came after Interpol, the international police agency, said files from the three FARC laptops and hardware were authentic and not manipulated. It could not vouch for the veracity of the content.
The computer documents have fueled calls by some members of the U.S. Congress for Chavez to face sanctions for aiding a group labeled a terrorist organization by
Date created : 2008-05-23