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The Prosecutor’s Office files the case against Uribe’s former assistant for buying votes in favor of Duque

File – Iván Duque. – Camila Díaz/colprensa/dpa – File

The Colombian Attorney General’s Office has decided to file the case that was open to María Claudia Daza, former assistant to former President Álvaro Uribe when he served as senator, for the alleged irregular financing of the electoral campaign and vote-buying in favor of the outgoing president, Ivan Duke, in 2018.

Within the framework of an investigation into a homicide, conversations were intercepted between Daza and the now-deceased rancher and drug trafficker Guillermo ‘Ñeñe’ Hernández in which they talked about “looking for money to go under the table” in La Guajira and in the region of Caribbean for the second round that faced Duque with the now incoming president, Gustavo Petro.

Just as ‘Ñeñe’ assured a person known as ‘Priscila’ -Daza resigned after revealing that he could be one of the voices participating in that conversation-, “Iván” and “Uribe” were responsible for having sent the cities of Manaure, Uribia, Riohacha and Maicao to “win” in that region.

“We have to get our act together, we have to look for money to go under the table and drop it in the departments,” said ‘Ñeñe’ Hernández, who regretted not having the money “that was stolen from Vargas Lleras,” referring to the one who was Vice President Germán Vargas Lleras during part of the mandate of Juan Manuel Santos.

However, the tax authorities have found no evidence between these conversations and the alleged vote buying that took place during those elections. For the accusation, headed by the lawyer Miguel Ángel del Río, this is “the last act of farewell by the Prosecutor’s Office to President Iván Duque,” local media report.

“This confirms that the accusing entity is a pocket entity of President Duque,” protested Del Río, who recalled the “personal friendship” that Daza maintains both with the still Colombian head of state and the attorney general, Francisco Barbosa, to who was asked to withdraw from the case due to these facts.

Already in October 2021, the National Electoral Council (CNE) filed the case against President Duque for irregular financing of his 2018 electoral campaign, within the framework of this operation known as ‘Ñeñepolítica’, due to lack of incriminating evidence.

Source: Europa Press

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