The federal prosecutor’s office says former Sen. Mario Uribe was taken into custody by authorities hours after he entered the diplomatic office in an unsuccessful asylum bid. Mario Uribe is the second cousin and confidante of President Uribe.Colombia’s chief prosecutor ordered his arrest earlier Tuesday on charges of allegedly promoting illegal far-right militias.The former senator, who resigned in October, is one of the most powerful officials to be enmeshed in a scandal over politicians benefiting from ties to the illegal groups.President Álvaro Uribe said in a statement read by his spokesman it hurt seeing his cousin being arrested. The president says he has not had any contact with his cousin recently.
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