Ex-paramilitary leader Rodrigo Perez Alzate has accused ex-congresswoman Yidis Medina of being “personal friends” with many paramilitary bosses, reported CM& Thursday.
Alzate, alias “Julian Bolivar,” who was the head of the Bloque Central Bolivar, was speaking at the ongoing trial of former congressmen Luis Alberto Gil and Alfonso Riano.
The demobilized boss maintained that the former politician had requested the support of paramilitaries for the creation of soup kitchens for poor people in her home city of Barrancabermeja in northwest Colombia.
“She was a personal friend of many bosses, including those that deserted the guerilla detachments. She frequently used to visit ‘the Vatican,’ as she called the place where the AUC were situated in Santander.”
Medina remains under house arrest for her part in the bribery scandal over Alvaro’s Uribe re-election.