One hundred and twenty DAS employees so far have lost their jobs due to the restructuring of the scandal-hit Colombian security agency, Caracol Radio reported Thursday.
DAS director Felipe Muñoz said that the former employees had been dismissed “for various reasons,” during the agency’s restructuring.
Muñoz said that “strengthening the human rights team” was a factor in the restructuring. “This is a continuous improvement process where people will have to be judged in due course,” the director added.
Muñoz said he hoped that Colombian Congress would begin its debate on the bill which seeks to establish a new Colombian civilian intelligence agency.
The U.S. government Tuesday suspended funding to Colombian intelligence agency DAS, because of the organization’s illegal wiretapping of journalists, politicians, magistrates, human rights defenders and trade unionists.
The DAS director hinted Wednesday that the U.S. were interested in redirecting DAS funds to the new Colombian civilian intelligence agency.