Former paramilitary leader, Carlos Mario Jiminez, alias Macaco, paid five billion pesos to ensure the election of Mario Iguaran to the Prosecutor General’s Office, according to an extradited paramiltary.
Eidelber Jhon Cano Correa, who was extradited to the US in 2006, revealed the information to magistrate Ivan Velasquez in an interview in New York in March 2010, reported RCN Radio.
“Macaco said there was a short list to choose the Prosecutor General and they would get their candidate at a cost of five billion pesos,” Cano claimed.
Velasquez was in New York for a Supreme Court investigation into possible links between Senator Habib Mereck and paramilitaries.
The heads of the paramilitary group, AUC, held in US prisons, have offered to cooperate with the Colombian Supreme Court’s investigation into the “para-politics” scandal in return for reduced drug-trafficking sentences, reported El Espectador on Thursday.