Colombian police on Monday arrested a former defense lawyer for bribing his client, an ex-paramilitary leader, to frame Colombian Supreme Court judges.
The authorities captured in Medellin Sergio Gonzalez, the lawyer who defended former paramilitary chief Jose Orlando Moncada, alias “Tasmania.”
Gonzalez was found guilty and sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison in January 2012 for bribing Tasmania to faslely testify that Supreme Court Judges Ivan Velasquez and Luz Adriana Camargo bribed him to accuse then-President Alvaro Uribe of conspiracy to commit murder.
This verdict was appealed, but subsequently upheld on March 1 2013, and a warrant was issued for Gonzaelez’s arrest. At the time of the arrest Gonzalez was allegedly carrying false identification.
Tasmania initially claimed that Supreme Court Judge Ivan Valasquez — who was appointed by the Supreme Court to head investigations into ties between politicians and paramilitary organizations — had bribed him to accuse then President Alvaro Uribe of ordering the murder of Antioquian paramilitary boss “Rene”.
However, Tamania later renounced this testimony, instead claiming that Gonzalez had pressured him into making the accusations, which led to the lawyer’s original sentence.
- Capturado abogado condenado por complot contra la Corte Suprema (El Tiempo)
- Ratifican condena contra abogado de ‘Tasmania’ por complot contra la Corte (El Espectador)
- Capturado en Medellin el abogado de alias “Tasmania” (Caracol Radio)
- Ex-paramilitary testifies he was bribed to smear Supreme Court judges (Colombia Reports)
- ‘Tasmania’ se retracto de declaraciones contra magistrado de la Corte (El Espectador)
- Ordenan captura del abogado de alias ‘Tasmania’ (CMI)