Colombia’s intelligence service DAS eliminated 750 jobs as part of
the reorganization that followed the scandal involving the service’s
illegal wiretapping of government opponents.
DAS director Felipe Muñoz announced the measures Saturday.
Those who lose their job will enter a social program that will either result in the former officials receiving a retirement payment or be placed in other government bodies.
The intelligence agency will try to make sure that sacked officials will be able to find jobs at private security companies.
The DAS currently has some 7,000 employees.
The service came under fire after a number of scandals. Officials of the DAS, including three former directors, are criminally investigated for illegally intercepting communication of Supreme Court judges, journalists, human rights workers and opposition politicians.One former director is accused of having collaborated with right wing paramilitary death squads.