The defense attorney of several of the Supreme Court magistrates says
there is no evidence of ties between members of Colombia’s highest
judicial body and the mafia.
Partido de la U leader Luis Carlos
Restrepo officially requested the House to investigate this allegation.
According to defense attorney Hugo Quintero, the Investigation and Accusations Commission of the House, has found no evidence whatsoever that could tie magistrates of the court to a businessman who is suspected of being the contact person for jailed Italian drug lord Giorgio Sale.
Restrepo had requested the investigation of the judges because he says extradited paramilitary leader Salvatore Mancuso on several occasions had said he had influence that reached as high as the Supreme Court. Intelligence service DAS, suspected of illegally having wiretapped magistrates, has been investigating the same ties.
The Supreme Court has been in bad blood with the Uribe administration for its investigations against more than seventy Congressmen, mostly Uribe supporters, for their alleged ties to paramilitary groups.