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Friday July 18, 2014

Colombian Ex-Spy Chief Charged With 1989 Murder

Colombian Ex-Spy Chief Charged With 1989 Murder

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A Colombian former intelligence chief has been charged in the 1989 assassination of presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan.

The Attorney General’s Office’s Delegate Unit before the Supreme Court filed the charges against retired Gen. Miguel Maza Marquez for the Aug. 18, 1989, murder in a public square in the town of Soacha, located on Bogota’s outskirts.

An AG’s office statement said Maza Marquez was accused as alleged co-author of the crimes of criminal conspiracy and homicide in relation to the killing of Galan.

Maza also was accused of the same crimes with respect to the death of Santiago Cuervo Jimenez, Galan’s bodyguard, and Soacha town councilor Julio Cesar PeƱaloza, who were slain in the same incident, the AG’s office said.

At the time of the assassination, Maza Marquez, who is currently jailed in Bogota, was director of the now-defunct DAS spy agency.

The shooting death of the 45-year-old politician, who was the front-runner to succeed then-President Virgilio Barco, was blamed on an alliance between the Medellin cartel, headed by late drug lord Pablo Escobar, and political sectors and state agents that opposed the restoration of an extradition treaty with the United States.

Galan had declared himself an enemy of the cartels and promised, despite death threats, to extradite drug kingpins to the United States if elected.

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