Officials colluded in Uraba land theft: Investigator

The Superintendent of the Notary and Registry has claimed there was widespread official collusion in the illegal acquisition of over 100,000 acres of land in Uraba.

Jorge Enrique Velez told La FM the majority of the land passed into the hands of the Livestock Fund of Cordoba with the help of public officials and local mayors.

The investigation revealed officials allegedly forced the owners of the land to sign away their rights. According to Velez, a three month investigation into the illegal land acquisition implicated at least 15 public officials.

“In Uraba we found impersonations, false documents and every trick there is to appropriate land,” Velez said.

Evidence from the investigation has been passed to the inspector general and the state prosecutors.

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