Liberal Party Senator Piedad Cordoba announced Thursday that she will sue Conservative Party presidential pre-candidate Andres Arias for calling her the “political ideologist” of the country’s largest rebel group FARC.
While being interviewed by Caracol Television, Arias said he was convinced that Cordoba “believes in twenty-first century communism” and that she is the “political ideologist of the terrorist group FARC.”
The Conservative also asked why the senator had her picture taken wearing a beret with “Granda” and “Marquez,” referring to FARC’s signature headwear and two notorious members of the group.
In a response, Cordoba said that she would sue Arias for slander, after Sunday’s congressional elections. The senator said that she didn’t want to dwell on the subject at the moment, as she wanted to remain “prudent” in the days leading up to the election.
Cordoba called Arias’ accusations “ridiculous,” and linked the attitude of the presidential candidate with that of a group of unknown people that had attacked her son in Medellin three days earlier.
Both Arias and Cordoba are currently campaigning. Arias hopes to be chosen as the Conservative Party’s candidate for the May presidential elections, while Cordoba hopes to be re-elected as a Liberal Party senator.